Monday, January 10, 2011

Shared Hosting - I Am Clueless

Web hosting is a complicated subject for many people especially if you are new in the hosting world, or are just not into the technical geeky stuff. There are so many different types of web hosting that it can be confusing at times. Each kind has its advantages as well as its disadvantages. The four main types are as follows, VPS (virtual private server), dedicated, reseller, and the most common shared. In this article I will be discussing what exactly shared web hosting is.


In plain english this is the most common type of hosting that people use. It is the least expensive and is usually around $3-10 per plan(monthly). However, there are a handful of companies that do allow you to pay a one time annual fee so that you do not have to worry about paying your service fee each month. Each person really just chooses what is best for them. There is no wrong way to pay for your hosting space.

Ok, so now that we know how people usually pay for this hosting; what exactly is it? Shared web hosting is a server that you pay for. Maybe I should say you pay to use the space on a server. There could be several hundred sites on one server, hints the name 'shared.' However, each site is alloted a certain amount of space, bandwidth, ect. This hosting is a either name based or based on your IP address. If you do have a choice to get IP based hosting or name based hosting I will highly recommend that you go for IP based, because it is much more secure. It uses its own SSL certificate rather than just sharing one. IP bases can really save you a huge hassle too.

True shared hosting is not as secure as dedicated hosting, but then again you are comparing two completely different animals. First one is $3-10 a month and dedicated hosting is usually $150- 250 per month. Shared hosting is really good for beginners though. You do not have full control over your server, but then again it is just a starter plan and each company usually does allow you to upgrade to any kind of service that they do offer.

Honestly, I get asked daily 'should I spend my money on reseller or shared hosting?' I always tell people to start off with the small fish first. There is no sense of spending your hard earned money on something until you really need it.

Stop wasting your time and get with a good hosting company. I highly recommend that you read our GoDaddy Review. They offer one of the best windows based hosting plans available on the market today.


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