Definition of Shared Web Hosting

There are different types of web hosting providers that cover different requirements for all types of clients including operating system specifications such as Linux, Windows or UNIX hosting. These operating systems are used to run Web hosting products such as Shared, VPS, VDS, VPS Cloud or Dedicated hosting and are available to you.

Shared Web Hosting is where multiple web sites are hosted through a hosting service provider using a single web server or platform, whether it is free or paid. Shared hosting plans that come at no cost share the same domain name and create a subdomain for your site and make money by targeting external advertising to your site’s visitors. Free Shared Hosting sites tend to allow your site to only use minimal bandwidth.

When choosing a paid Shared Hosting plan, you are able to use your own domain name as well as personalised email accounts. This plan also allows you to use a better range of software and program languages such as MySQL, PHP, .NET, SQL, OpenCart, WordPress or Magento. More advanced Shared Hosting platforms provides a user interface for their clients which includes Plesk or CPanel which creates user friendly GUI interfaces to provide you with the most out of your hosting environment.

Shared Web Hosting solutions are ideal for hosting low to medium traffic informational sites or hosting small E-Commerce sites.

What are the Pros and Cons of Shared Web Hosting?

Benefits of Shared Web Hosting

  • Cost is shared through all clients using server.
  • Use of your own domain names
  • Ability to utilise most non specialist software packages (e.g. PHP, MySQL, .Net etc.)
  • Use of your own email accounts
  • Good server administration
  • No specialist website and server administration knowledge required
  • Allowing someone else the hassle of looking after the server


Drawbacks of Shared Web Hosting

  • Resource limitation – everybody uses the same memory, CPU, Hard Drive and IP address
  • You can use only the software provided by your hosting company, and naturally can’t install your own
  • Lower security levels – for example you don’t have your own firewalls
  • Some available ports and connections can be limited because of security policy
  • Sharing your IP address with sites that can be problematic or become blacklisted