What Is Shared Hosting: Shared hosting which is also known as virtual hosting is a type of hosting under which multiple websites are hosted by a single server. This type of hosting is mostly preferred by those who want to keep their hosting cost low and are using hosting for personal use or for small business. In shared hosting as the name suggests resources use to be shared by individuals. These resources can be disk space, data transfer, CPU etc which are available on the server. Users can control all the function on their websites but they are never allowed to access the root level of server. All this management on the server is not the part of duties of users, these things are always responsibilities of web host. The provider of shared hosting is responsible to handle the server’s management, installation of software’s on server, security updates, technical support and many other services like this. Every user in shared hosting use to share the server with many other websites, but it does not mean that this increase in the number of websites on server will lead the users towards any problem. The reason of smooth working is that most of the websites on the server do not use to generate enough traffic or use enough resources, and because of this no problem can arise in shared hosting.
Advantages of Shared Hosting: Shares hosting is very economical way for average users so that they can get their websites online. Many clients are served by a single server and they all share the resources of that single server. This thing helps in cutting down the cost because for every individual different resource are not required or allocated. In share hosting providers use to offer more space, data transfer and email accounts to some individuals or businesses than other. Most of the site never uses their quota that’s why shared hosting works efficiently. If all the sites started using their quota then it will become to handle the traffic for server and shared hosting will come to an end.
Disadvantages of Shared Hosting: Problem that is going to be faced now days in shared hosting is overselling. Here overselling means that on single server host is selling more and more space for websites to its clients. In every server there is a certain range of storage and management of websites but when hosts use to put too many sites on one server then a fight use to start between users and websites for acquiring the memory, CPU cycles and bandwidth and sites become slower. But for them who want hosting services at a cheap rate this is not really bad option.
Another problem that uses to arise is selection of web host, because you are using shared hosting so there is always a threat that you data can be misused by host. So to protect your data form this threat user has to go in search of trusted host. Some websites on the server enjoys better performance while some other suffers with bad performance on the same server. The reason of this problem is that sometime traffic use to be pointed to some websites and those websites then utilize more resources of the serve than other websites and because of this performance become better. So in short we can say that the performance of one website use to be at mercy of other websites on the server. In shared hosting you are facilitated with number of software applications but you are not allowed to install any application yourself. This is because the server use to be run by some company so they have all the rights of maintenance of websites any individual can’t upload any application to maintain his own shared server. With that virus or hacking activity on one website can lead towards danger all the other websites on that server as well. Spammers use to get the IP addresses of websites and then they make trouble for user in sending the mails.