When your business is new and you’re launching your first website, shared hosting makes sense. It’s affordable and its web-based control panel makes it super easy to use. But just how do you gear up when you outgrow this package and can it really scale with you?
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of shared hosting before you decide whether it’s the best choice for you.
Pro: It’s Affordable
Cheaper than a virtual private server, shared hosting makes use of a single server to share different accounts. Of course when you launch your first website, it’s not likely to attract a load of traffic so this option will probably suit you well for some time.
Once your site starts receiving more traffic you can expect to hear from your host, recommending a different package.
Pro: It’s Manageable And Convenient
Shared hosting plans don’t require you to have any kind of technical knowledge or experience to host your website. When you’re running a business that’s a major win. Your hosting company will take over your technical needs and fulfill the role of IT Manager if you don’t have one.
Pro: It Can Be Customized For Your Needs
Even though you’re sharing a server, your experience can be customized for your brand and technical needs.
Con: You Will Share Resources
While you are sharing costs with other sites, you’re also sharing resources, which means there’s less around for you to use. If the other sites on your server experience spikes in traffic you may experience inferior performance as the server comes under strain. It is more common for machines hosting many machines to fail than for virtual or dedicated private servers to go down.
Con: You May Be Exposed to Security Vulnerabilities
Other sites on your server could expose you to malicious scripts and pose security vulnerabilities. Even if your hosting company offers different security features, your risk profile increases when you are in close proximity to other sites. And, considering the rate at which cyber crime is increasing, a little caution is highly recommended when looking at shared options from a security point of view.
If you intend to scale your business significantly in the coming years or plan to follow an online marketing strategy a shared hosting solution may not last you very long. In many cases the cost of a private or virtual dedicated server is far outweighed by the accumulated cost of things going wrong.
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