WordPress shared hosting (or shared hosting) is a type of web hosting where multiple websites and domains share a physical web server.
In addition to sharing server space, all websites on the server also share common resources, such as disk space and bandwidth, with other customers. This configuration allows web hosting companies to offer affordable plans, as multiple users share the cost of maintaining a server.
An advantage of shared hosting is that it requires little technical expertise, as the hosting provider takes care of server maintenance. While shared WordPress hosting usually offers basic features and support, many plans include additional features such as website builders, templates and email accounts to help beginners.
Shared hosting packages are perfect for new blogs, small business websites and other websites with low traffic, and do not require large resources.
Advantages of Shared Hosting
- Profitable: Shared web hosting is the cheapest because the server maintenance costs are divided among several users.
- Practical: Since shared hosting services are aimed at beginners, they often come with features like integrated control panels, web site builders and email hosting, so you don’t have to install your own.
- No technical knowledge is required: Unlike dedicated hosting or virtual private server (VPS), the hosting company manages the server in shared hosting plans. You don’t have to worry about technical requirements.
Disadvantages of Shared Hosting
Shared hosting is not perfect; it also has disadvantages. Let’s look at the less desirable parts of shared hosting:
- Security issues: Because multiple websites share a server, shared hosting can be the most vulnerable to common cyber-attacks. When hackers gain access to one website, they can access all websites on the hosting server.
- Slower speed: In shared hosting, several users share server resources. If a popular website on the server requires and consumes more resources than it is allocated, other websites on the server will be affected.
- Long downtime: When websites overuse server resources, the server is likely to crash. Some hosting companies solve the problem quickly. Others do not.
Characteristics of Shared Housing
- Disk space.
- Uptime and downtime.
- Customer support.
1. Disk space
Disk space is the maximum amount of data that a disk or storage drive can hold.
All hosting plans offer a certain amount of disk space that you can use to store files. Shared hosting plans usually offer the minimum amount of storage space.
Beware of shared hosting providers that promise «unlimited» storage. They often come with caveats such as not having enough storage space within their acceptable limits.
It is best to calculate your website’s storage needs before choosing a hosting plan. If you still can’t estimate your storage needs, plan for growth by choosing a hosting provider that allows you to purchase more disk space.
Bandwidth determines the maximum amount of data you can transfer and is critical if you want your website to run faster. You can compare bandwidth to a tunnel: the wider it is, the more data you can pass. However, achieving high bandwidth is difficult when servers divide resources among many websites.
Shared hosting packages offer a certain amount of bandwidth per month. You can estimate the bandwidth you need by looking at the size and traffic of your website. As with disk space, more bandwidth comes at a cost.
Beware of hosting companies that promise «unlimited bandwidth.» Physical restrictions often limit the speed, making that impossible.
3. Uptime and Downtime
The uptime of a WordPress shared hosting plan measures the time your website is available or accessible to users, while downtime is the percentage of time a website is unavailable.
If possible, look for companies that keep downtime to a minimum and uptime close to 100%.
Security is another crucial feature worth considering before choosing a hosting provider.
WordPress is generally secure, but its popularity has made it a prime target for website breaches.
Shared hosting plans do not offer similar security features. Therefore, we suggest you compare default security features when checking out hosting plans.
5. Customer Support
Before signing up for a shared hosting plan, consider the company’s customer service.
A company’s customer service experience is especially important for new website owners and technophobes. You need someone to help you resolve issues quickly and patiently guide you through the process. Imagine how frustrating it would be if your website went down and you couldn’t contact your hosting company.
Hosting companies also offer some extras to differentiate themselves from other shared hosting plans. Some examples are:
- Backup copies
- Pre-installed applications, such as email hosting, cPanel and website builders
- Free domain name registration and SSL certificates upon registration