When we are going to host a web page, a fundamental part is choosing the hosting. There are different types. We can choose a dedicated server, a shared one or VPS. Each of them has its advantages and also negative points. There are differential factors, such as having greater control, price, quality of service … In this article we are going to focus on explaining what a shared hosting. We will give the main positive and negative points.
What is shared hosting
The shared hosting is how it is known to the way in which different pages share the resources of a hosting. This means that the total capacity will be divided between the different users who have paid their part to be able to host the content there for the operation of your site.
We can say that this is useful for a web page that does not need too many resources. For example, a website that has recently started and does not have excessive visits that make it necessary to have a series of resources to be able to deal with web traffic.
However, although the resources are shared, each page is totally independent. Webmasters can install plugins for their site, configure it as they wish, and have control over the content. Of course, everything that includes that server, the hardware that allows its operation, it will also be used by other users.
With a shared hosting the RAM, the CPU and the equipment itself will be divided for everyone. So if a user needs more resources, he could opt for a dedicated server.
Positive and negative points of a shared hosting
We have explained what a shared hosting is. Basically we have seen what it means to share the resources of a server among all the users who have bought their share. Now we are going to see what are the main advantages and disadvantages of this option.
Advantages of a shared server
First of all we are going to see what are the main advantages of using a shared server. This way we will know if it is really worth it and if it suits what we are looking for:
- Cost savings: a clear positive point is the cost. It is cheaper than hiring a dedicated server. Ultimately we are sharing resources with more users, although this will not necessarily mean a decrease in quality if our site does not require something extraordinary.
- Maintenance by the supplier: we are also going to avoid having to take care of maintenance and solutions to possible faults that appear. All this will be the responsibility of the company with which we have contracted the server.
- Easy to use: you don’t need a lot of experience to be able to use this type of service. The handling is simple if we compare it with other options, in addition to having our private access to be able to manage everything quickly.
- Wide variety of tools and settings: the normal thing is that the own provider also offers a series of tools that we can use, as well as configuration that we can take into account. In this way, we can more easily configure our website without having great knowledge.
- Scalable: we can adapt shared hosting to our needs. We can start with a basic plan that has fewer resources, but if our website requires something higher over time, we can hire another plan that offers better conditions in terms of performance.
Disadvantages of a shared server
But a shared server also has its negative points. Let’s see which are the main ones that we can find.
- Limitations in the use of hardware: the hardware is going to be shared, so there are major limitations. This means that we will have limitations in the use of RAM memory, CPU, monthly transfer … All this also according to the plan that we have contracted.
- Limited access and management options: We don’t have as much flexibility when managing and accessing the server. After all, it is a shared hosting and some changes could affect the rest of the users.
- Failure to monitor possible security flaws: neither can we control by ourselves certain security problems that may arise. For example a power outage or a cyber attack.
- Less configurations: Also, just as at the time of management, we will be able to carry out fewer configurations, fewer software changes and possible contributions that we would like to make.