When choosing a hosting provider to host our website, a fundamental part is to choose the type of hosting. There are different types since we can opt for a dedicated server, a shared server, or VPS. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages. There are differential factors, such as the fact of having more control, the price, the quality of the service, etc.
We would like to explain what shared hosting is. We will give the main advantages and disadvantages.
What is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is the way in which different sites share the resources of a hosting server. This means that the capacity of the server is shared between different users who have paid their share in order to host there the content for the functioning of their site.
This means that shared hosting is useful for a website that does not need too many resources. For example, a website that is new or does not have excessive visits that require a lot of server resources to cope with web traffic.
Although the server resources are shared, each page is totally independent. Webmasters can install plugins for their sites, configure them as they wish, and have control over the content. Of course, everything that encompasses that server, the hardware (Memory, Processors, Hard Disks) that allows its operation, will also be shared with other users.
If any of these sites require many resources can affect the operation of other users, usually, the hosting provider maintains monitoring of traffic and resources to anticipate this consumption and restrict resources to that user and then change it to a server with different plans such as a VPS, Cloud Hosting or Dedicated Server.
At SoloWeb, they maintain a different structure for the services of each site by separating the services of each site on different servers to free more performance for Web pages and avoid the load on other processes such as emails, databases, etc.
Advantages and disadvantages of shared hosting
We have explained what shared hosting is. Basically, we have seen that it means sharing the resources of a server among all the users who have purchased their share. Now let’s see what are the main advantages and disadvantages of this option.
Advantages of shared hosting
Lower price: the main point is the price, it is cheaper than hiring a dedicated server. At the end of the day, we are sharing resources with more users, although this will not necessarily mean a decrease in quality if our site does not require something extraordinary.
Maintenance and administration by the provider: we will also avoid having to take care of maintenance and solutions to possible failures that may appear. All this is managed by the hosting provider.
Ease of use: no great experience is needed to be able to use this type of service. The handling is simple since everything is handled by means of the Hosting Control Panel Cpanel or Hosting Controller to be able to manage everything quickly. Visit their page where you will find lots of great information and practical advice about small business hosting.
Tools: SoloWeb as a provider has tools installers such as WordPress from the Hosting Panel using Softaculous that manages and maintains updated applications to install and we can thus more easily configure our website without having great knowledge.
Scalable: we can adapt the shared hosting to our needs. We can start with a micro plan that has fewer resources, but if our website requires something higher over time we can hire another plan that offers better conditions.