There are a lot of various types of web site hosting. They can be classified by different indexes.
There is Paid and Free web hosting; Linux/Unix-based and Windows-based (and others but they are not that popular); shared, dedicated and VPS. Every hosting type has its own advantages and disadvantages.
The key aim of this article is to acquaint you with main merits and drawbacks of shared hosting.
First of all we must give a definition of the term "shared hosting". So, what is shared hosting?
Shared hosting is such kind of providing space for web sites on the hostís server when you share this server with other customers' web sites. All web sites use the same software and operating system. But unlike free web hosting which has the same conditions, with shared web hosting you have much more benefits.
Shared web hosting can be divided into two subtypes:
So now we can pick out pros and cons of shared hosting:
Good server administration
Multiple e-mail, MySQL, PHP support
You don't need some unique knowledge in web site and server administration
Possibly low security level
Resource limitation -everybody uses the same memory, CPU and Hard Drive.
You can use only the software which is provided with your hosting company, and correspondingly you can't install your own.
Some available ports and connections can be limited because of security policy.
The main feature of shared hosting is that you don't need to worry about possible server problems. Your hosting company's support service is to fix all troubles. So, when choosing shared hosting you must carefully look at company support's quality, the better quality of support - the better conditions for your site.
With shared hosting you can also place several sites in the neighbor parts of the server.
Now when you are acquainted with all special features of shared hosting you can decide whether this type of hosting is appropriate to your needs and requirements.
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Olga Elizarova is webmaster and articles editor of hosting reviews sites http://www.web-site-hosting-reviews.com and http://www.web-hosting-review.net.