Shared web hosting is the most economical way to maintain the non-commercial, and more informative or socio-interactive type of website. The monthly fee earns you a share of the virtual host server and your access to its resources, which will also be shared by hundreds of subscribing clients like you. This will naturally compromise the quality of service and the extent of resources like database volume and conveniences like band width and disk space. However, most novice website owners find themselves satisfied with these conditions, until they enlighten themselves to the better, or their business from the website grows phenomenally. Generally, approaching this type of a web host, the novice website owner finds all his technical issues sorted out, and backup support readily available. So his website is set up and running almost immediately. A person desirous of starting a blog site would find this kind of hosting the ideal solution.
However, subscribing to shared web hosting, can have its pitfalls too. The reliability factor is severely compromised as when compared to the other web hosts. Sites that exhibit a dynamic nature with voluminous processing and heavy calls on the server resources, soon find themselves targeted as ‘excessive demand offenders’ by the web host. The concept being that this low cost hosting is offered to hundreds of sharing clients, an unwritten quota becomes existent, beyond which any demand would be considered excessive. Clients are then pressurized to accept unfair upgrade packages, costing far more than the initial guaranteed low amounts. Many novice clients find themselves let down by glowing promises of “unlimited” access to server resources. This leads to situations where client sites are down, and ongoing businesses brought to a standstill. Specialized applications seldom run trouble free on shared servers. One comforting fact is that, with the web hosting industry being over saturated, providers have to keep their prices and services aligned with their competitors to remain in business. So, even in cases of collective calling in volume for resources, the providers are more inclined to upgrade their equipment and increase their resources. Small to medium sized websites find shared hosting most appealing to them. While constructing the site itself, before floating it on the host server, factors like application dynamism and volume intensive multimedia elements like video, audio and graphics, along with multiple pages of the site itself should be well crafted into the architecture of the site, with due consideration to the limitations of shared hosting. Extensive care must be taken to incorporate only the essential and weed out the unnecessarily decorative. This would control costs on services you find redundant, and give you the option of increased disk space and wider bandwidth at the initial stage itself, rather than switching up at a subsequent date. Another essential factor is the backup and support on a 24/7 basis, with a dedicate communication channel like a chat service or just telephone contact. With the over saturation of the industry, another problem presents itself with the fly by night nature of some of these companies, to leave their subscribers high and dry. A back-up plan for this possibility is always a good idea. Back up your data besides the host’s backup and register your domain through dedicated services rather than through your host.