How Does Shared Hosting Work?

Shared Website Hosting plans are one of the oldest and the most popular web hosting plans. They are preferred primarily by new and small websites that have basic resource requirements. Although there have been various hosting types launched over the years, a Shared Hosting plan is still the go-to name for these websites. Today, we are going to talk about Shared Web Hosting plans and look at how they work.

How does Shared Hosting work?

In India, hosting plans on a shared server are the most popular ones. When you buy a Shared Hosting plan, your website is stored on a web server that is shared with other websites. Hence, the server’s resources and computing power are shared too. In other words, the server stores files of multiple websites. When a user visits these sites, the server processes all requests. Hence, websites stored on a shared server compete among themselves for the server’s resources. The sharing of resources allows the host to offer Shared Hosting plans at highly affordable rates.

An example to understand Shared Hosting:

Let’s say that you move to a new city and are looking for a place to stay. You have the following options:

  1. Buy a house
  2. Buy/rent an apartment
  3. Rent a house
  4. Share a house

Of all these options, sharing a house with other people is the most affordable option since the rent is divided among housemates. Further, regular chores like cleaning the house, collecting and paying electricity bills, etc., are divided among housemates making it easier to manage. However, there are some cons, like you don’t have complete control over the living environment and have to consider your housemates before making any changes. This might not be ideal for a married couple or those with a family but tends to work perfectly fine for singles.

Living in a shared house is similar to a Shared Hosting service. It allows you to get your website online (live in the new city) at an affordable cost with basic amenities.

Does your site need Shared Hosting?

Here are some scenarios where a Shared Hosting plan is ideal for you:

       You are launching a new site that has low resource requirements

       You are running a static website with light or no media files

       You do not run mission-critical applications on your site

       The services offered are not highly sensitive or time-bound

       You have a low budget for web hosting and have a basic site

Shared Hosting Servers are managed by the hosting provider, and you don’t have to worry about running server management processes. Hence, Shared Hosting is easy to use.

The following video shows how you can host a website with Shared Hosting:

Summing Up

As you can see, Shared Hosting is an affordable way of getting your site online. There are many providers offering Shared Hosting in India. Before you buy a plan, assess your site’s hosting requirements to check if a Shared Hosting plan will suffice. If the answer is affirmative, then research your options, compare providers and plans, and choose the best Shared Hosting plan for your site. Good Luck!