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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Shared Servers

Before making a decision about whether you should use a shared hosting service you need to understand what a shared server is and the advantages and disadvantages of such a server. When several websites are hosted on one server, it is called a shared server. What it means for you as a user is that you will share FTP accounts, bandwidth, database and the space with other users. Consider what you need hosting for, and what kind of blog or a website you plan to run. When making a decision about what plan to use, carefully weigh the pros and cons of shared servers.

The Advantages of Shared Hosting Servers

Cost Effectiveness

Shared hosting can usually be used at a rather low rate, and this is one of the most critical advantages of shared servers. The reason for that is very tough competition in the shared servers market, as there are thousands of providers.


When you use shared hosting, you don't need to manage your website and get into technical details. You can keep operating your business while professionals in hosting providing will take care of your site running and administration. You are usually provided with user-friendly applications which make managing the website an easy process.


Shared hosting provides good bandwidth, which makes it possible for users to add more resources to their websites.


Most shared servers provide maintenance round the clock. You know that your website will be taken care of no matter when a problem occurs. This is an especially big plus for beginners.

Key Services

Usually shared servers integrate tools that are very user-friendly and allow you to do basic operations, such as installing new software, with just one click. You will also get MySQL and PHP support.

Ideal for Small Websites

If the website you run is static, or it is a small blog, then shared hosting is ideal for you. For a very low price, you will get all the benefits, such as technical support.

Numerous Email Accounts

You will have an opportunity to get many email accounts at your domain and an option to have several databases.

Even though there are many pluses of shared servers, there are also disadvantages that you should be aware of.

The Disadvantages of Shared Servers


Thousands of websites use one server, and crashes are inevitable, even though the owners try their best to take proactive measures against it. When choosing a shared server provider, look at their previous history and what guarantees for downtime they provide to users.

Security Issues

Shared servers often face hacking attacks. If there is any harmful activity on the server, then all the network suffers. If only one person misuses HTaccess, then it will cause glitches and chaos on the whole server. Needless to say, intruders may access your data. And in some cases, you may even get blacklisted if there is some issue of malpractice on the server.

Limited Resources

Since everybody on the network uses the same hard drive, memory and CPU performance of each website may slow down. When someone on your server experiences an increase in traffic, this influences the performance of your page, and it slows down. This may lead to you losing traffic as people don't like to wait and will go somewhere else for needed information.

Limited software choice

You can use only applications and software that are given to you by the shared hosting provider.


Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:51 AM by David Marshall
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