What is Shared Hosting?
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What is Shared Hosting?
In shared hosting service, many different clients and their web sites and web based systems reside and share one and the same server and one and the same resources. Indeed each client has their own limits on certain services like: disk space, traffic per month, number of email accounts, databases etc. However all consumers on a physical machine are sharing one Apache server, one MySQL server, one Mail server, RAM and CPU are shared as well. This is the most economical option for web hosting, simply because many people share the cost of an entire server in the meantime they share more or less the entire server performance and its resources.
Advantages of the Shared Hosting Service?
The biggest advantage of the shared web hosting is its cheap price combined with the lack of maintenance you need to perform on the server space you rent. For newbies technical support is deciding factor. Shared hosting provides you a guarantee of Technical Support when it comes to technical problems. If you are not familiar with Linux Administration, shared hosting can be an excellent choice because you know that somebody else is taking care of this. Generally all you have to do is to upload your web site or web based system and set it up to work. Most of the shared hosting providers sell shared web hosting with a web based Web Hosting Control Panel, where with a click of the mouse you can upload a site, create a database and create an email. Shared Web Hosting is easy to use - an average computer literate person can manage most of the important features of a web hosting account.
Disadvantages of the Shared Hosting?
The greatest disadvantage of the Shared Hosting is the limited resources. Because you are sharing the server with other users, it is likely that you would receive restrictive service. If you or another user on the same shared hosting server consume a lot of resources like traffic or email capabilities etc, you or others on the same server may experience harmful influence on their shared hosting performance, simply because resources are shared. There is one more very important downside and this is the restriction to install programs on the server you may need for your web based systems and scripts. Since the server is maintained by the shared hosting company to satisfy the over-all needs of the average client, but in the same time keep the server as clean as possible from numerous running programs you may come up to a problem that you deadly need a module that is not available.
What is the best choice for me?
At the end your best choice depends on your needs and your web site's demands. If you have a personal or a web site for your hobby or other pleasure you surely have to buy a personal shared hosting plan. If you have a business with several employees and intend to present your stuff online and you daily use your web site, emails capabilities etc, you definitely need business shared web hosting plan. If your entire business process and activities are standing online e.g. you have online running systems used to control and manage your business like online shops, online resources planning etc, you are in a need of Virtual Private Server (VPS) to rely on.
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