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The advice to anyone planning to build a new website always starts with the advice to get a hosting package. But what kind of? The new website owner must choose between shared, dedicated, or VPS hosting plans. Moreover, although all of these can provide an online homepage for the new website, the services they provide are very different and not suitable for every website. For new and smaller sites, shared hosting may be the cheapest and most accessible of these options-but it also has some obvious limitations.
Almost every hosting service provider offers a shared web hosting package. As the name suggests, multiple websites (usually thousands) are hosted on a single server maintained by a hosting service. Each user on the shared server can allocate the total available bandwidth, power and memory of the server, and the user can set up multiple sites under one user account. Of course, this is a very different product compared to more expensive dedicated server hosting plans.
The shared hosting plan provides users with hosting shared server space at a monthly fee. Users are responsible for setting up and running their own sites. An account can contain multiple sites, as long as the total package does not exceed the space allocated on the server.
The hosting service provider is responsible for providing customer support, maintaining server hardware and software, including security protocols and updates, and preventing crashes and downtime. These terms are contained in the hosting contract, which stipulates what users can and cannot do with their website, and under what circumstances the host can suspend or terminate the user’s account.
Shared hosting is not for everyone, but this kind of cheap hosting can help new businesses, entrepreneurs and independent creatives quickly gain network influence even if funds are tight.
The attractiveness of shared hosting plans mainly comes from its extremely low cost, so anyone can create and maintain a website with a very modest investment. These low costs are possible because the hosting service provider hosts so many sites on a single server and charges fees from each site.
Many providers offer promotional specials that allow new users to set up shared hosting for less than $5 a month-although standard prices will apply after the discount period ends. There are also tiered packages and additional features at a higher price. Users can usually upgrade their host to a higher level at any time-or switch to a different type of host altogether.
- Shared hosting is user-friendly
Shared hosting settings are easy to use, even for website owners who have no experience in website design or development. These plans usually come with basic customer support from hosting services and offer "one-click" website installation options, such as WordPress, which can create a live website in minutes, while also allowing some customization. Each site on the account has its own control panel, which provides webmasters with tools to manage their content and basic appearance.
Although shared hosting allows new users to create a website with a very small budget that contains the most basic functions necessary to run the website, this bare metal service does have disadvantages.
All sites on the shared server run on a standard allocation of total server resources, including memory, bandwidth, and CPU power. However, just as a surge in demand during a heat wave can overload a city's power grid, a sudden surge in traffic at one site can slow down other sites, even if they are not responsible for increasing the use of server resources. In order to maintain a balance, shared hosting service providers may limit website traffic or the number of visitors to maintain their eligibility for shared hosting plans.
In shared hosting, everything related to server maintenance is the responsibility of the hosting provider-including security. The sites on this server operate independently, but sharing technology may infect other sites nearby with malicious activities on one site. In the case of shared hosting, website owners must trust the security provided by the host, because this hosting package does not provide users with the option of installing their own security measures to protect their website.
Shared server hosting accounts usually have strict restrictions. If users do not read the hosting contract carefully, they may be deceived by these regulations. Hosting services may prohibit users from installing certain types of plug-ins or applications on their sites, thereby limiting customization options. Once the introductory period is over, extremely low-priced promotional offers can be tripled-and users can be automatically charged the standard rate.
The hosting provider also reserves the right to terminate the user's hosting account for various reasons. If a site “exceeds” its allocated resources by obtaining a large amount of traffic that affects other users, the account can be closed. Similarly, if a website attracts malware or a large number of spam comments, it can be locked down, and the website owner must resolve the issue before the website is back online.
Shared hosting is suitable for websites that have relatively low website traffic and do not require a lot of memory. But large enterprises or sites with high traffic may not be suitable for shared hosting environments, and successful small sites may require more resources to expand.
When this happens, website owners can upgrade their plans to a higher level of service in shared hosting, or upgrade to other solutions, such as dedicated or VPS hosting. If the site is still relatively small and does not consume too much shared server resources, you can also maintain an ultra-low-cost shared hosting plan indefinitely. With low cost and minimal features, shared hosting services can help new users quickly establish an online image and have room for growth.