Shared Hosting Dissection
Shared hosting is the basis of all hosting packages, you’ll see it as (most often) the cheapest option of the services offered from hosting companies. The reason it’s the cheapest is because it is as basic as hosting can get, you are bundled onto a server with a bunch of other random customers, you don’t own a server at all. The problem with shared hosting as opposed to other types of hosting, for example dedicated, is that you share the server resources with every other user on the same server as you. If any one of you sees high traffic / bandwidth, it takes away from the performance of other websites hosted in the same place.
Another problem with sharing a server with other random customers of a hosting company is the fact that you all share 1 IP. This can and normally does affect your SEO efforts, as if another website on the server is involved with illegal activity, adult material or partakes in black-hat SEO this can negatively affect how your site is perceived by Google and other search engines. Unfortunately, as shared hosting is the cheapest type of hosting, the likelihood of someone on the same server as you being part of these frowned upon activities is far higher.
Enough of the negatives, what’s great about shared hosting?
It’s affordable! Because shared hosting exists, you can get your website up and running for less than $2 / month (in some cases), which is brilliant for a lot of people who don’t have the budget to get their own server and keep it running. If you haven’t looked into getting a website in a few years, the low pricing that shared hosting provides is far, far lower than you would have seen before. I remember a time not so long ago when having a website of your own would cost $100s monthly, it was a serious investment.
As shared hosting is so cheap, it’s very low-risk to test ideas with. You could pay $5 and after a couple months know whether or not your idea is worth pursuing, shared hosting is to thank partly for this invaluable ability.
Hosting your own website without advertisement will never be free, but we’re getting extremely close thanks to Shared Hosting.