Shared hosting: what is it and what is it for?
Nowadays, almost all small, medium and large companies have web hosting, which can be private or shared.
This space within a server is used to store all the data and information of an Internet site, so it is absolutely necessary for the improvement, continuation, and security of any company.
In this article, we will focus on shared hosting, as it is usually the most popular of all types of hosting. In addition, we will explain its features and the advantages it has over other types of website hosting, are you ready?
What is shared hosting?
Shared hosting is a hosting model where several websites are connected to the same server to share resources (bandwidth, processing capacity, physical machines that serve as a base, RAM, and storage).
Most companies with independent websites decide to opt for shared hosting, since by sharing a single server, the cost of this is shared among all of them, making the price to be paid by users lower compared to other hosting alternatives.
It should be clear that, although a server is shared, each website has its individual place within the available disk space; that is, each company has the freedom to create its independent projects, even if they share the same hardware platform.
Characteristics of shared hosting
Shared hosting has several factors that have positioned it as one of the favorite options for companies to host their websites. What are these 3 points?
- The hiring process is immediate
If you are looking to hire web hosting for your site and the process is not long and simple, shared hosting is a good option.
It will only take a few minutes to complete the hiring process and have access to the administration panel to start managing your website. Incredible, isn’t it?
- There is a wide range of providers
When it comes to shared hosting, the offer is huge, since it is a service that adapts to the different requirements, needs, and opportunities of a website.
This is another reason why developers continuously implement this type of hosting in their web projects.
- Lower prices
One of the most notorious and important features of shared hosting is its low costs, especially when compared to other types of hosting, such as dedicated hosting or VPS hosting (Virtual Private Server).
It should be clear that it is not that the other types of hosting are bad or less economical, but that the price goes according to the needs, for that reason, if your company still does not have a big budget, this type of hosting can be a good start.
Advantages of shared hosting
In addition to the features you already know about shared hosting, they also offer several advantages for websites.
Cost reduction. This service allows the expenses related to a web server to become the total responsibility of the hosting provider. This can be a great benefit, since you will no longer have to invest in monitoring, automation, configurations, server maintenance, etc.
Easy administration. When acquiring shared hosting, the company or user who hired the service must dedicate himself and focus his efforts only on the management and administration of his website, since all other aspects are the responsibility of the provider.
Application installer. The hosting provider should include an installer for web applications, whether WordPress, PrestaShop, Joomla, or whatever you have contracted, because, in this way, the customer will have a simple installation list for your applications, so you should always make sure that the installer is compatible with each of your applications.
SSL Certificates. The SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) security certificates are absolutely necessary for a website, which is why shared hosting includes the installation of an SSL certificate, in order to guarantee the privacy and integrity of all the data of your visitors.