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The advantages of shared web hosting

3Written by Rack Alley

One of the many choices when it comes to hosting your own website is shared web hosting. Basically, shared web hosting is one server shared amongst hundreds or even thousands of accounts. Each of these accounts can have many sites/domains run by them. While this does sound problematic, and does have its share of issues, it also comes with some benefits:


Shared web hosting is cheap. You will most likely be paying less than ten dollars a month for an account that lets you host a few domains, websites etc along with some email accounts. For a site starting out it means not having to shell out hundreds of dollars for capacity that will not be used.


These shared hosting services are limited by the amount of resources you can use. Although they do state that most are unlimited, it is not so and you will eventually have to upgrade when the site grows. But this is not a bad thing. As your site gets bigger, you have the option of upgrading the package in place. You can go to a higher shared package or even go to dedicated or virtual hosting or colocation at an la data center.


Services like la colocation have a lot of flexibility but it also means a lot of more work. You will almost certainly have to do everything on the server yourself. Shared hosting comes with support where a lot of the leg work can be done for you. Certain levels of support are provided and anything additional can be paid for.


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A primer of shared hosting packages

Written by Rack Alley

Choosing a web hosting package for the first time user can be a difficult prospect. There are so many different packages to choose from. The differences between them might not be so obvious. The most popular package you will find on almost any web host is the shared hosting package. They come in many names but are usually the cheapest or one step up from the cheapest. Here is a primer on what to expect from a shared hosting package:


This reason that these packages are so cheap is because they share a single web server across multiple accounts. In some cases this could mean that a shared account could have thousands of other users on the same server. There are few problems that can stem from that. Firstly, anything that another webmaster on the same la web hosting does can affect your uptime. If a site is suddenly hit with a spike of traffic, it can slow all the other sites on the same server. The same goes for punishments.


These packages also trumpet how they allow unlimited amounts of everything. Unlimited bandwidth, disk space etc. None of this is true. For most customers there are enough resources provided that they would never notice. However, were your site to suddenly become a breakout hit or get a massive amount of traffic, you are likely to be shut down citing some condition. They will then recommend a dedicated server.

Other limitations

There are also some other limitations. The easiest example is security. Now that Google gives additional ranking boosts to sites that use SSL, every site is now looking to get SSL setup. Unfortunately most shared hosts will not be able to give you a dedicated IP that SSL requires. You will need to get proper server hosting los angeles in order to get that dedicated IP.


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