What is Shared Web Hosting?

When I started my Blogging journey, Web-hosting, and another web stuff was very new to me. I started blogging on Blogspot, and later on I moved to self-hosted WordPress site. That’s the time, when I realize what is shared web hosting and what are the other kind of Web-hosting.

Most common type of Web-hosting is: Shared hosting, VPS hosting, WordPress managed hosting, Cloud hosting, and dedicated hosting.

After this,  you can also categorize them into Windows Hosting, Linux Hosting, cPanel hosting, Plesk hosting and so on.

I will be covering all other types in coming days, but for now let’s look into what is shared hosting. I started my shared hosting journey with DreamHost, and later on I moved to HostGator. You can see a list of top shared hosting for WordPress here.

What is shared hosting?

Shared hosting is one of the most affordable hosting packages for starters. For any standard WordPress blog or site, a shared hosting package is enough, and it will fit into your budget.

Shared hosting, as the name suggests you will be sharing your hosting space with others. In technical sense, on such hosting environment, many websites are hosted on a single server.

That means, all sites will have same I.P Address, and you all will be sharing the server resources. There is no dedicated resource for any users, and usually any one can use any possible available resource.

Though in shared hosting, when any user website is draining lots of resources, hosting company tends to suspend such account in order to preserve other websites.

What is Shared Web Hosting

Advantages & disadvantages of shared hosting

There are many benefits and disadvantages of shared hosting packages, and I will list down some of them.

Shared web hosting is enough for small websites, new WordPress blogs, and static websites. From an economic point of view, any new blogger, webmaster can start with shared hosting and a good and reliable usually shared hosting take care of your initial web-space and bandwidth need.

Pros and Cons of Shared Web Hosting

3 Pros of Shared Web hosting

1. Easy and Fast Setup:

Shared web hosting is easy to setup, whereas dedicated hosting needs time to setup and do need lots of technical knowledge. Shared web hosting is getting setup in almost in 24 hours from the time of purchase.

2. Low Price:

As shared web hosting is shared between lots of websites, so the price of shared web hosting is very low as compared with other web hosting servers. There is also no maintenance cost for it, all is included in the purchase price, so you don’t need to worry about maintenance and don’t even have to pay for it.

3. Best option for small websites:

Shared web hosting is shared between lots of other websites thus all the resources are also shared between those websites. Small websites or new websites don’t have many resources that are why shared web hosting is the good choice for them.

3 Cons of Shared web hosting

1. Not worth for big websites:

As shared web hosting provides limited resources, there might be the problem with websites having affiliates or huge resources. Even if one website crash, it might impact other websites also. Thus, if you have a website with more resources than it its better that you must go for dedicated server.

2. Dynamic IP:

Many web hosting companies don’t provide static IP for your website. Thus it might create a problem when you need a static IP for your E-commerce website. You can get dynamic IP from few companies, but you need to pay them extra for same.

3. Security:

Security can be another factor that adds to Shared web hosting disadvantages. As shared web hosting have many websites on the same server the chances of hacking increases. And because of thousands of websites, maintenance and security can be at risk.

Many shared web-hosting provides unlimited space and bandwidth (Ex: BlueHost, HostGator), which usually takes care of your requirement as medium size websites/blog. One of the major downsides of shared hosting is they tend to accommodate lots of user in one hosting and that create server uptime problem.

Do check out our list of Best-WebHosting.

Do let us know if you think we missed any important aspect of Shared hosting?



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Harsh Agrawal

A blog scientist by mind and a passionate blogger by heart. Blogging on WordPress platform since 2008. Sharing his learning about WordPress hosting to help other bloggers & entrepreneurs make better decisions.

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