Shared Hosting - Pros and Cons!
When starting out with Internet Marketing or just setting up a website in general, one of the first decisions you will have to make is on whether to sign up for shared hosting or to try a different type of hosting package instead. Hosting, of one kind or another, is something which categorically has to be signed up for in order to have a fully functioning website up and running one the Internet.
1. Low Cost
Compared with other types of hosting such as VPS or dedicated packages, the cost of signing up for shared hosting is tiny. There are many highly regarded hosting providers that offer high quality shared hosting accounts for as little as a few dollars per month. Decent quality VPS hosting, which is the logical next step up from shared hosting for heavier hosting resource users, can cost a minimum of $49.95/month and often a lot more. This underlines the fact that shared hosting's main benefit is how relatively low its cost is.
2. Gives You Control Over Your Website
When getting started with creating websites it can very tempting to use a free service such as WordPress.org, Blogger or go with a free host that gives you a website without having to pay a monthly hosting cost. The problem is that with these you give away control to a 3rd party which may insist that you display their ads or not include promotional content. Shared costs allows you to have complete control over your website without any intervention by third parties.
3. Unlimited Websites
Another key benefit of shared hosting is that most host providers offer shared packages which allow you to create and host unlimited websites. Previously if you had wanted to do this you may have had to sign up for a VPS but now for a couple of extra dollars most hosts offer unlimited shared hosting.
1. Slower Performance
With shared hosting you are essentially sharing a hosting environment with other people's websites. When they experience heavy traffic this can cause the whole server to struggle and will see your site load more slowly for users.
2. Not 100% Control
Due to sharing with others on one server you may find that the host restricts certain software that you can install due to affecting the security and speed of other users. To get around this you may have to pay extra to bump yourself up to a VPS or a dedicated host.
Shared hosting is a good option for most users and to decide whether to sign up for it or not depends on the needs of your websites in terms of speed, customization and resources.