Shared Web Hosting

Should I Opt For Shared Web Hosting?

Posted - 9:50 am

One of the most commonly asked questions we get asked at webdevel.com is what level of hosting do we recommend for new website owners. We find that many new owners are quite confused about the various types of hosting available, and the different costs for each type. For most newly launched websites, shared web hosting is sufficient. As web traffic grows, and demand on resources rises over time, shared web hosting may impose too many limitations, or reduce the performance of the website, at which point the owner may decide to upgrade. Upgrading is a straightforward process, and can normally be done without having to take the website down. If it does have to be taken down, the downtime is very short. To help you decide on whether shared website hosting will be good enough for your needs, we have prepared this explanation of what comes with shared web hosting, and what its principal limitations, or the most important factors to consider, are. Shared web hosting This does not mean that your website is shared between two or more hosts. It means that your website is physically located on a single server that also hosts many other websites. That means that each website on the server shares the server’s resources. Those resources include the CPU, the RAM and the disk storage space. Our servers all use ultra-modern, dynamic load balancing to prevent any one website from hogging all the server’s resources. Nevertheless, there may be times when server response is slowed down when there is very high demand on the resources. This may lead to slower page load times, and that could prove to be unacceptable for some websites. Shared IP address When a surfer types a website name into a browser address bar, the browser forwards the address to a Domain Name System (DNS) database. This is a lookup service that holds details about the Name Server that in turn points to the hosting company’s server. Once the browser accesses the DNS record, it forwards the request to the corresponding Name Server. At the server, the management software examines the website name, and returns the index page, or a specifically requested page, for the corresponding website. All the websites that reside on a shared server have the same IP address. The host computer has to analyze the hostname to return the correct website. That means you cannot get to a website on a shared server by typing in an IP address. This is rarely likely to be a problem, since virtually nobody tries to navigate to a website using the IP address. It is much easier to remember a domain name than an IP address. However, there may be some instances when it is desirable to access a website using its IP address. If you have a need to do this, then shared hosting will not be the solution for you. Advantages of shared website hosting Low cost The fees charged for shared services are lower than for other […]