What Is Shared Hosting?

7th March, 2016 by

When you purchase website hosting this can often refer to shared hosting, but what exactly does that mean?

Web hosting is a term you’ll hear a lot if you’re in online business. In fact, anyone who comes in contact with the internet will encounter website hosting – web hosting for short – on many occasions. Web hosting is behind the scenes of every website on the world wide web. It stores all of the data on every website, and delivers this data to all four corners of the globe, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When you’re setting up a website – be it for your business or for personal use – you’ll need to purchase a domain name and a web hosting package. The specifications of your web hosting package depend on how large the site will be, how many visitors you anticipate it will receive and how you wish to use it. For instance, if you’re setting up a personal site to showcase some pictures of a family event and you know only immediate family members will visit the site, you won’t need something as intensive as a dedicated server, while large corporations who do business over the internet won’t be satisfied with a shared hosting solution.

So what is a shared hosting solution?

Shared hosting is exactly that: hosting that is shared. When you purchase website hosting you purchase space on a server, which is a computer kept in an off-site location. Our servers are kept in our data centres worldwide, and secured by extensive security measures to ensure our customers’ data is protected at all times.

On the server you’ll be purchasing space for your data, power for the machine and bandwidth which distributes your website data across the internet. When you sign up for a shared hosting solution you’re acquiring space on a shared hosting server, a machine which can have hundreds of customers’ data stored simultaneously.

Your data will be stored on this shared server, then retrieved and distributed to your site visitors when requested. Due to the nature of modern technology one server is able to cope with the demand of several websites, and so this solution is perfect for anyone building a small website or hosting their small business site in the opening stages.

One downside to shared hosting is that due to the nature of the solution, all shared resources are at risk of being used up by another site on the machine. This means that if another website on your shared server receives a spike in traffic the bandwidth of the server will be used heavily by one site, slowing down every other website on the machine. This is bad news for anyone who wants their website to be a reliable source of information for their site visitors; most internet users will abandon a web page if it loads in more than two seconds, so there’s not a huge window to make a good impression.

For any website administrators who are managing a large website, or one which receives quite a bit of traffic, it’s more than worth investing in a dedicated server or a cloud hosting solution; hosting solutions which are more robust and reliable than shared hosting. Dedicated hosting provides you with a server entirely dedicated to your site, whereas cloud hosting provides you with a segregated section of a server with dedicated resources. Both of these solutions eradicate the issue of “noisy neighbours” which can become such a headache for anyone using a shared hosting solution, and are perfect for businesses small and large.

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