If your business needs a web presence you will find yourself faced with a
choice of whether to choose a shared hosting option or a
Other terms for
shared hosting are virtual or mass hosting, however, the term 'shared
hosting' is by far the most common. It refers to a hosting service which
is shared with other websites.
The hosting company is able to provide efficient and inexpensive services,
including technical services to maintain the server, because the
cost is shared among users.
Additionally, if you use a shared hosting service you will also be able to
customize your website and add extra features if and when you desire.
Small businesses in particular can benefit from the many low cost
opportunities provided by shared hosting companies. Many of these shared
hosting services offer complete services including technical support and
even online website creation tools.
Some of these shared hosting companies even offer
hosting however you need to be very careful to fully
understand the terms of agreement if you are going to be building a
web-based business on the back of a free service.
If you want to get your feet wet without cost, choose a service that
allows you to upgrade at a reasonable cost. You also need to be fully
aware of potential additional charges as well as whether you are giving
hosting company the right to place advertising on your site or even
for their advertisers to place cookies on your computer.
You also need ensure that a shared hosting service, whether free or
otherwise, can offer you enough capacity for your website to grow as well
as having the ability to handle short term traffic spikes as a result of
marketing campaigns and increased traffic over time.
is by far the least expensive form of
hosting for websites. However, its effectiveness depends
upon the number, size and popularity of the websites sharing the server.
For example, if you choose the shared hosting option and find that you are
server with some high
traffic websites using a lot of server space, you may find the
performance of your own website suffering setbacks such as slow
Therefore, despite the financial benefits of using shared hosting, it has
its limitations. Should you choose the shared hosting option, you will
also be unable to use certain scripting languages and applications.
If you require broader services from your host, you may need to consider
dedicated hosting. However, unlike shared hosting providers,
server hosts are only responsible for hosting services
although some provide additional support
services at a cost.
If you choose to rent a dedicated server, you will be able to use all the
serverís resources as well as renting server space to other websites
should you wish to do so.
Renting a dedicated server may be worth considering if you expect your
website to grow quickly as a result of extensive marketing programs.
Generally speaking, the larger the business, the higher the bandwidth
requirement and the greater the potential need for more server space and
higher level technical support.
Whether you choose shared hosting or dedicated hosting, be sure the
company you choose provides 24/7 technical support and possesses a good
security and minimal server downtime.
If you do your due diligence and make sure you are fully informed before
committing to a
hosting service, you will give yourself and your
business the best chance of online success.