Shared hosting is the jargon that is used to describe a service that hosts a collection of websites on one web server. Shared hosting, which is also referred to as virtual hosting, shared services, or derive host, is basically where many different websites operate off of the same server but are partitioned from one another. These websites are each provided with a fixed bandwidth as well as a certain amount of disk storage space, all for a small monthly fee. A website operating under such a service can be compared to a science fair where a student shares a venue with many other students but is limited to his own booth, showing off his own invention.
The main clientele of a shared hosting service comprises personal websites and small businesses. This is because shared hosting is the most efficient form of web hosting, both cost- and function-wise. Since there is more than one website – in fact, there are hundreds of them – sharing a single web server, the cost is divided and distributed, and is consequently substantially lowered. Besides that, managing a website that utilizes a shared hosting service is considerably easier than managing one that operates under any other web hosting service. The reason for this is that shared hosting services provide system administration services as well. System administrators are responsible for installing, supporting, and maintaining servers, and the list goes on. These website owners have no need for employing technical support staff.
In spite of the fact that a single web server of a derive host has to house hundreds and hundreds of websites, it still works out well. Contrary to popular belief, it does not indeed slow down or, in any way, impede the functionality of the hosted websites. This is possible because most of these websites do not generate enough traffic or use up enough of the provided resources to cause any problems. The only real complications include a contradiction of one of its advantages – the fact that so many websites operate one web server. When a technical error pops up in one single website, it could affect all of the other websites. The other, less frequent, problem is the overselling of the derive host. Overselling occurs when the shared hosting service hosts more websites than it is capable of hosting, which leads to the websites having to share scarce resources, which then leads to the aforementioned websites running slow.
It may sound like a huge possibility for technical errors to pop up somewhere else and disrupt your website but, with a full staff of system administrators at your aid, the problem should be resolved quickly, provided your are using a quality host. It may also sound very probable for a host to oversell, especially since their revenue might not be able to cover the staff that they need to maintain hundreds, maybe thousands, of websites all day, every day, but, if a shared hosting service is reliable, there should arise no problems. It would leave the scale to tip towards the advantages – shared hosting is cheap and shared hosting is easy.
Posted by admin on April 28th, 2011 :: Filed under Shared Hosting
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