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Merits of Shared Web hosting

Shared hosting is the type of web hosting in which a single server hosts files and web pages of multiple clients. The number of websites on a shared web server can range from a handful to several thousands. All these websites are hosted simultaneously, as a result of which any particular site receives only a small fraction of the server’s total bandwidth and CPU power. Shared servers have several pros and cons. This article enlists the advantages of this hosting.

In spite of the huge number of websites, shared servers don’t face as much security issues as you may think. There are several reasons for that. First, being prone to security breaches, they are usually looked after twenty four seven by web experts and techies. This also takes care of any possible glitches involving server crashes or failures, leading to a stable system. Unless your website uses up too much resources, you shouldn’t have any problems.

The most common operating system used by hosts on shared severs is UNIX. This is because a multi-user, multiprocessing environment is indispensable for sharing of bandwidth. This lets the hosts assign a unique account and Internet gateway (IP address) to each client, making it possible to make clear distinctions among the several web activities at their very roots. However, due to bandwidth and space limitations, amount of resources given to a single user is often modest. UNIX is the most popular platform in the web hosting industry.

Since several websites are hosted via a single web server, the cost of running the system is divided among all its users. Thus, the amount of money charged from each client is very low (as low as < $10) making shared hosting the most economical hosting solution. Web space offered by an average company is around 200 to 500MB. Bandwidth varies directly with the price and can range from 4GB to 40GB.

The utilities offered with a shared hosting plan are very powerful. For instance, most companies offer a website builder that allows the modification of any web page from within the control panel. Other useful utilities include file uploading wizards, database management systems, traffic monitoring, etc. To cap it all, shared hosting gives users the ability to create and manage an unlimited number of email accounts!

Web space and bandwidth limitation can always be overcome by paying a nominal fee. Moreover, it is also possible to add further resources to the hosting account. This makes shared hosting suitable for both small and medium, stagnant and dynamic websites.

The above mentioned advantages of shared web hosting servers lead us to the conclusion that small businesses, which do not get more than a handful of visitors per day would be totally satisfied by a shared hosting server. However, websites prone to seasonal or sporadic surges in web activity and CTRs (Click Through Rates) should advisably opt for virtual private servers or shared plans with high amount of disk space and bandwidth.