Shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers have been the most popular in the hosting market for many years. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. The choice often depends on the needs of the user and his financial capabilities. This article is about the role of shared hosting for businesses.
What is shared hosting?
Virtual hosting is the hosting of many websites on a single server. Their number depends on the capacity of the server. The main feature of virtual hosting is its relatively low price, which makes the service available for projects at an early stage of development. The quality of service is at a high level, as on dedicated servers.
Another important advantage is the ability to control your site without any special knowledge about hosting. Management is as simple and clear as possible, even for beginners. All issues related to the quality of the server are resolved by the provider. Accordingly, the client does not need to deal with these issues on their own.
Shared hosting implies the sharing of server resources with other clients, the number of which can be in the thousands. Computing power, memory, and other resources will be evenly distributed among users. This solution in practice satisfies the needs of most owners of small projects. However, in the case of the development and growth of the site, yours or those of your neighbors, on shared hosting, performance may drop. If you are going to develop a project and attract more and more traffic, this option will not work for you.
The downside of shared hosting is for business
At the same time, virtual hosting has several important disadvantages:
- Limit on the size of downloaded files. Compared to dedicated servers, shared servers allow you to download much less information. However, in most cases, this is enough for websites and blogs.
- Relatively low speed of access to web resources. It is worth noting that the speed of access to the site depends on the specific host, as well as the load on the server. The more websites hosted on a server, the slower you will be able to access each one.
- Lack of ability to use scripts that require a lot of resources and cause a heavy load on the servers. Some scripts may be prohibited by the provider’s security policy. To use others, you may need to contact the provider’s support service for permission.
- Shared IP address. The virtual server provides all its sites with the same address. In this regard, the neighbors on the server are also important. For example, if one of the sites distributes prohibited material, the search engine may filter out its IP. Accordingly, the same problems will be in other sites that have the same address. Some hosts provide separate addresses for different sites – for free or for a fee each month. In any case, you should first read the security policy of the hoster and make sure that the “neighbor” on the server will not be a site with questionable information.
Besides, root hosting does not provide root access, ie user rights are limited. In addition, users on the same server are dependent on each other. In case of a DDOS attack on one user of the server, its neighbors will suffer also. Therefore, if the security and maximum stability of your site are in the first place, the service of virtual hosting is not for you.