Shared hosting is where you share the resources of a server with others. This is a cheap way to get your site up and running. However, the more people on that shared server will slow it down, where it takes awhile for the site to load. The longer visitors need to wait for a website to load, the greater chances they will click off and go elsewhere. I know, I would.
There are many shared hosting companies out there who are vying for your business. Many of the hosting plans they offer are very limited, but would suit the novice or hobbyist. It basically comes down to, you get what you pay for. This applies to all hosting plans, not just shared hosting. If you are paying two or three bucks a month for you hosting plan, then don’t expect instant support from the company, if something goes wrong.
However, it still comes down to what you want to put up as a website. If you want to put up a hobby, personal, blog or small website, then shared hosting is your best option. You would not put up an ecommerce site or something that is large and requires several MySQL databases on shared hosting.
Shared hosting plans are limited to the amount of disk space you can use, the amount of bandwidth(every time someone looks at you pages, they take up bandwidth) you use, limitations on how many email accounts you can have, limited databases, addon domains and subdomains.
Beware of those small companies who offer you the world, but when it comes to deliver, they are nowhere to be seen. Unlimited plans sound really enticing, but, in reality, they are impractical. There are some, however, who say unlimited, but are just offering you whatever you need, without the extra monthly costs.
If you use more than your quota for a month, then the company will bill you for it. So, beware of what you are getting into. Plan ahead and know what you need and don’t need. If it’s your first time putting up a website, I would strongly recommend a shared hosting plan for a year to get some experience. After that you can upgrade to larger plans or even a VPS(Virtual Private Server) plan or even a dedicated server.
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