Any new business knows that in this digital world of today, not having a viable website would sound the death knell for the business, even before it really starts. There are literally thousands of website hosting options available for the businesses of today. Most new businesses are spoiled for choice and they are faced with the dilemma of not only deciding on which host to go with but also which hosting package would suit them the best.
If you are setting out to build your very first website, the best option for you would be the budget hosting option- shared hosting.
Before we delve into that, let’s understand what shared hosting is all about. Shared hosting is the most economical of all hosting option out there. In this type, many sites share space on a single physical server, along with sharing all of its resources.
Most accounts on that server have no clue about their neighboring sites. While most sites have a total limit on the amount of resources they can use, they are made aware of this in the package they opt for.
All the aspects – good and bad
Let’s speak of the good parts first. As mentioned before, shared hosting is by far the most economical form of hosting. And most shared hosting India plans are designed in such a manner that it is easy for the user to upgrade as they grow, sometimes almost seamlessly so that there is minimum downtime for the site.
Most providers offer an easy to use cPanel with the plan to make it easy for the user to manage their site. Also, they take care of all the technical aspects related to the server in terms of monitoring, administration, and management. So the client is spared all these necessary but mundane tasks, saving them time and effort that they can utilize in the core tasks of their business.
You don’t have to worry about being stuck with this option. It is great for the budget-conscious and the newbies.
Now for its disadvantages. The biggest one is overburdening of the server. Since there are many accounts on the same server, in case one of the sites experiences a spike in traffic, they may utilize more resources which would lead to slow times for the remaining sites on the server. In fact, if you see your own site getting more hits, you will soon notice a slowdown in its performance.
Then, the loading time of the site is slow, as compared to a dedicated hosting server. Also, since you are unaware of your neighbors, while rare, it could be that you are sharing space with a malicious server or spammer. You would also suffer from lack of customization since you will have to make do with the software that the provider has preloaded on to the server.
You can go through these pros and cons of shared hosting and then decide if it is a good fit for your hosting requirements.