Shared or shared hosting is the best solution in a situation of limited funding for a web project. Or when starting a startup – no one can guarantee that a new project will succeed. Then why overpay for resources that may never be useful?
What is shared hosting and how does it work
Everything is very simple and the name precisely defines the meaning of the system. On a single server, on the same operating system, hundreds, or even thousands of sites are hosted. All hardware and software resources are divided between projects on the principle of “who first got up – that and slippers.” In the informational sense, this means that the most popular resources will pull more traffic than less visited neighbors.
Such a situation can lead to malfunctions and inaccessibility of some sites during the most traffic, when the bulk of users are simultaneously online.
When a rapidly developing project reaches a certain critical level of traffic, the site owner will receive a notification from the hosting administration about the need to switch to a more expensive tariff. Otherwise, the bandwidth for the site will be forcibly limited.
This is not a particular problem, if only when choosing a provider options were provided in case of increasing service capabilities. That is, when choosing a hosting, you need to think ahead and check if there are opportunities for seamless expansion of capabilities on these servers. Otherwise, you will have to re-park the site on another hosting, and this procedure is always associated with financial costs and the loss of part of regular visitors.
For e-commerce sites, such as online stores, even a short interruption in the site’s work leads to mass customer care and serious business problems.
The main types of shared hosting hosting
1. Shared hosting. This option has already been described above. VPS – virtual dedicated or otherwise virtual private hosting. In this case, the site creates its own virtual operating system within a shared server. Due to this, independence of the resource from the load of other sites located here is achieved.
2. Shared cloud hosting. An innovative offering based on cloud computing. Instead of a single server, a whole cluster of servers physically located in different parts of the world is used to host sites. If necessary, redistribute the load, traffic instantly switches to less busy servers. And if this is not enough, the owner of the cloud buys and installs additional equipment. True, the cost of such a miracle of technology is several times higher than conventional shared hosting.
3. Virtual hosting hosting. If the site owner wants to save even more or does not want to pay at all, and does not want free hosting, you can solve financial problems by becoming a partner of the hosting provider. The owner of the site buys at a wholesale price a package of hosting tariffs and then resells at a self-appointed cost. Due to the margin paid services for your project.
Questions of choosing a shared hosting
To get started, stop believing in rave reviews about the endless possibilities of shared servers. Bloggers and webmasters are simply partners of hosting providers and make money on advertising.
You can not believe the promises of an infinite number of services on shared hosting. Always carefully read what is written below and in small print.
When choosing a hosting, first make a list of requirements, taking into account the future development.
1. What is the amount of disk space? The maximum number of site pages depends on this parameter.
2. How many subdomains and mailboxes are included in the tariff? Having mail with a domain address is a good form in business. This indicates to customers the solidity of the company.
3. How many databases can be created within one tariff?
4. Will I need to pay extra for additional bases? It is advisable that an unlimited number of databases initially be included in the tariff.
5. How many FTP accounts are provided? Multiple accounts are required when managing a site by different independent administrators.
6. How fast and efficiently does technical support work? If you have to wait several days for an answer, this is unacceptable for an active business.
7. Who is the domain name issued for when registering on a hosting? Some providers register domains only for their company – then the site owner does not even own his site.
8. What management console is provided for working with the site?
9. How many website templates are supplied free of charge and what quality are they?
Shared hosting is perfect for a personal blog or a non-profit project with relatively little traffic. Sometimes free shared hosting is enough.