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									             Shared Hosting Pros and Cons

Choosing the type of hosting services that you will utilize
for your website is an important step in getting that
website set up and running properly. The style of hosting
services that you choose will be dependent on your
needs and the anticipated size and popularity of your
site. While you have several options for hosting services,
shared hosting is an option that is not only very popular,
but appropriate for a wide range of web site owners.
“Shared hosting” means that one physical server is used
by multiple websites and website owners. The resources
of that piece of equipment are divided among the users
depending on the size of the shared hosting package that
is selected.

Of course, just like any decision that you make for your
business, choosing shared hosting carries with it
potential advantages and disadvantages. Evaluating this
pro and con list can help you to determine if shared
hosting is the appropriate choice for your particular
website and web hosting service needs.

Potential Advantages to Shared Hosting

One of the greatest advantages of shared web hosting
services is the generally lower cost for such services as
compared to other types of service packages. As many
companies, whether in the startup phases or already
established and looking for ways to improve visibility and
customer satisfaction, are concerned about the financial
aspects of daily activities, a lower cost is often appealing.
Of course, it is crucial to select the right type of hosting
services regardless of the cost to ensure the proper
functioning of your site, so do not always look just to the
cost when determining whether shared hosting is the
appropriate option for you.

Another pro of selecting shared hosting is that as the
website owner you will not be responsible for any of the
technical support associated with a server. You will not
need to perform any maintenance activities, make any
adjustments, or perform any upkeep on the server’s
programs or hardware. This makes website ownership
less daunting if you are not familiar with computers or do
not have the time to devote to maintaining the server.

Shared web hosting is highly user friendly, featuring a
Control Panel that allows you to upload your site then
create and control the various features without having to
have extensive knowledge of the workings of the
computer itself.
Potential Disadvantages of Shared Hosting

While shared web hosting services are appropriate for
many websites, it also poses some potential
disadvantages that may dissuade you from selecting
these services as your resource for hosting services.

The largest problem that you may notice regarding
shared web hosting services is the fact that with shared
hosting services you will have limited resources available
for your use. Sharing the physical piece of equipment
that is the server means that you are sharing the
resources of that server with the other users. Instead of
having all of the available capacity of the server available
to you as you would with a dedicated server, these
capabilities are restricted for each owner that is sharing
the server.

Ideally each person will remain within his own usage
limitations and there will be no noticeable effect on the
other users. It is possible, however, that one of the other
users of the server will experience a tremendous amount
of traffic, take up a large portion of CPU availability, or
overuse the email system. Any of these activities could
negatively affect the other users by slowing down their
functioning or even causing a system shut down that will
lead to website functions being unavailable.

Another disadvantage is if you desire to use your own
programs or make modifications to the system. The
shared hosting is created for the needs of the average
user, so specialty functions may not be supported on
such a server.

								
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