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Shared Web Hosting

Whether you’re planning a website for personal use or to create a profile for your business online, you will need stable and secure hosting.

Shared web hosting uses a single server to host multiple websites. It is the most inexpensive form of hosting as it spreads the costs of web hosting across the different people whose websites use that server.

Shared web hosting can be an excellent option for small businesses, personal websites or smaller online platforms that don’t rely directly on registration or payment procedures such as credit card processing to generate revenue.

We’ve identified some of the pros and cons of shared web hosting to help you make an informed choice.

The Pros And Cons Of Shared Web Hosting

Shared web hosting is inexpensive – the cheapest option can be as little as £2.50 per month, as the cost of running the server is shared across multiple websites.

Not knowing the neighbours – sharing web hosting means you are sharing resources with people you don’t know. Which means you can’t easily anticipate how much bandwidth or memory they will need.

Risky behaviour – sharing an IP address with other websites can be risky if another website’s bad behaviour results in that IP address being listed as spam.

Resources cannot be guaranteed – faulty coding or plugins on one website can bring the whole server to a crawl, which is fatal if you’re operating an e-commerce site or rely on swift site speed to maximise conversions.

Shared web hosting can be a good, viable option for small businesses, personal websites or online platforms whose main function is for reference. It is also a useful solution if you want to undertake a feasibility study for a new type of online product, such as a forum.

Other Hosting Options

For e-commerce sites, or businesses that rely on maximum ease of conversion, the following hosting options may be best suited to your business:

Dedicated hosting – our dedicated hosting option allows you to lease an entire server, giving you the choice of operating system for increased flexibility.

Reseller hosting – allowing your company to host websites on behalf of third parties.

VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting – each virtual server can run its own operating system and is separate from other hosting services.

If you would like to discuss any of our hosting solutions, or find out what pricing packages might suit you, we would love to hear from you.