Without a doubt, shared web hosting is the most commonly used method of hosting for small companies and individuals. This is mostly because of its price. The price is lower because you are sharing your package with other companies; therefore, you do not pay as much as you would on a dedicated hosting package. However, where do you draw the line, and what are the disadvantages of shared web hosting?
What is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting is web hosting in its simplest form. You share your web hosting space with several other people, who all host their websites on the same package as your company.
Obviously, with a shared hosting web plan you do not have as many resources as you would have on a VPS or dedicated web hosting system. This means if your shared hosting web package is overused at peak times then your website will not function properly, or will take an age to load. This is not what you want with your website; personally if a website that I am trying to load takes an age then I just leave it, and move onto the next website. If your website is down, even just for a few minutes, you could be losing potential business.
Who is on Your Plan?
Many people that host on a shared plan do not know, but if there is illegal activity from a site on your web hosting plan, even if it is not yours then your website is at risk of being withdrawn for a temporary period of time. This is uncommon, but there is still a small element of risk involved.
This Customer Service is Poor, or is it?
As with the majority of businesses the more you pay the more you get, this means that if you are paying for a dedicated server you will get a better level of support as the company wants to keep you around for as long as possible. The downside to this is people on a shared hosting plan (of which there are many) get a lower level of support. Remember, every company will never admit that this is the case, and they will always claim that every customer is just as valuable as the next, but the reality is far from this point, because it does not make any business sense.
Obviously there are some advantages to a shared web hosting plan as well, but it truly depends on what type of website you are currently, and what you are trying to become. If you are operating a personal blog, then buying dedicated web hosting would not be worthwhile, but a company that wants to sell products on an Ecommerce system will actually benefit from an ‘upgraded’ web hosting package in the long run.
While you need to make sure upgrading to a dedicated hosting plan is worthwhile, the conclusion is that if you want to be successful in business, you will need to make the step at some time, even if it is not right away.