The pros and cons of shared hosting

Shared hosting is a type of web hosting where a single physical server hosts multiple sites. Shared servers can host several hundred users.

Usually, a system administrator will have control over the setup and maintenance of these shared servers. If you’re not sure whether shared hosting is the right option for you, consider the pros and cons of this type of hosting.

Advantages of shared hosting

Since the cost of the server is divided by all the users, shared hosting is an affordable option. Your hosting company will offer different packages that impact on the cost, such as server space, number of email addresses, etc. Setting up and managing your website is easy with shared hosting, since your hosting company will help you get up and running.

Your hosting company is responsible for any server maintenance and administration. This means you don’t have to be that tech savvy when choosing a shared hosting service.

Disadvantages of shared hosting

Not having root access means there are certain admin tasks you won’t be able to perform if you choose shared hosting. You will need to contact your hosting company to assist you with these tasks, even if you have the technical know-how.

The hosting server may experience performance issues from time to time if too many customers are using the same server for shared hosting. This could impact the loading speed of your site or even the accessibility of your website. Since the server is shared by several other accounts, you will have limited resources available, in terms of server space.

Certain file permission settings could allow other users of the servers to access your files. If you’re not sure what security measures are in place on the shared hosting server, your information can be more easily compromised.

Alternatives to shared hosting

Your hosting company my offer different levels of shared hosting, with more expensive tiers offering greater benefits, and even the pricier options will be cheaper than having a dedicated server.

Contact Hosting24 today

If you have a limited budget, don’t expect a lot of traffic, and prefer to leave the administration tasks to someone else, shared hosting is a good choice. Hosting24 has a hands-on approach to assisting set up a site on one of their servers. For more information about their shared hosting options, get in touch with Hosting24 today.

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