Web Hosting Flavors: The Famous 4 - Shared Hosting
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What is it?: Sometimes referred as Virtual Hosting, "Shared Hosting" offers the customer a fixed allocation of disk space (data storage capacity) on a server as well as fixed bandwidth (data transfer capacity). This type of service allows a customer to leverage all the features and services that a dedicated server offers at a fraction of cost, and does not involve any server administration overhead.
Pros: Freedom from maintaining the server hardware as well as managing the server security and administration. Complete technical support is usually included with these packages.
Cons: Does not offer root (administrative) access to the server and hence access to the core functions is limited. Resources are shared by multiple sites hosted on the same server. A technical problem in one of the sites owned by a different client on a shared server may cause a system wide crash, bringing down all the other sites. Note that in case of a shared hosting, a single client does not own the server.
For whom?: This is the choice for hosting low-key sites that do not hog up server resources. Can also be used by someone requiring just a personal email address like mail@CompanyorPersonalName.com
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