Why You Should Avoid Shared Web Hosting

A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to provide their own website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own or lease for use by their clients as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center.

An online website pays a web host a monthly fee for use of their server, and then uses that server to put up as many web pages as they need to promote their business. However, there is another use that some industrious companies have discovered for web hosting, an arrangement called reseller web hosting.

There are so many hosting options out there on web, It’s often very difficult to know which one will be right for you? A lot depends upon how you’re going to use your Web site and how much traffic you’re expecting.

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Learning how to choose a reliable web host for your website hosting needs is an important and difficult decision. There are many questions which needs to be answered before going for any hosting provider like what is the most important thing you needs to know about Web hosting provider on basis of their past performance? What could they do or not do that would make you quit? Do you want fast response time, quality tech support, multiple domain names, lots of space, no bandwidth limits? or you want to manage it under your budget. Let’s start by regular web hosting.

Regular Web Hosting

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In regular web hosting, an online company finds a web host who offers different hosting plans depending upon the needs of the client. Some clients will need more domain names, while others may need faster speeds or more bandwidth. Some will want private servers that the company will have all to themselves, while others will happily share a server for a reduced price. However, the main goal is always the same, to have piece of virtual real estate where the company can “park” their business web site.

Shared Web Hosting

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For many small businesses, shared web hosting is the solution. Rather than having the web host dedicate an entire server to your business, which you may not need and which will incur a heavy cost from the host, you can share your server with other clients of the web host. Since the web host can service multiple clients with the same server, it can afford to offer you services at a greatly reduced cost.

Disadvantages to Shared Web Hosting

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If your online business is on a shared web server, the host will need to provide system administration to make sure everything on the server is working smoothly. This can be seen as a benefit to many clients, but some may wish to have more control over their web activities. In addition, excessive use of the server by multiple clients at once may slow down transmission time. On the whole however, for a new business with a growing but small customer base, shared web hosting is an economical and efficient solution to the web server question.

Reseller Web Hosting

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If regular web hosting can be equated to renting office space, reseller web hosting is like subletting that space. In a reseller web hosting arrangement, the client paying for the web hosting service has the option to resell part of his disk space and bandwidth in order to host websites for other companies. The client pays a certain amount to the web host and charges an amount to the third party websites, which presumably will add up to a larger sum, thereby showing a profit.

Why Resell Web Hosting?

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A company may resell web hosting as their primary business or simply be a company that offers web hosting as an added service to whatever else they provide. Either way, reseller web hosting can add to a company’s profit margin without too much extra work, since technical issues are usually handled by the primary web host. Reseller is a great hosting option for companies operating in industries that need web hosting (web designers making sites, a pure reseller company).

Web host reselling is made very easy through “GUI Control Panels” (Graphical User Interface). Some of the reseller programs offer customs Control Panel for their resellers’ customers, but a major part of the reseller programs offer the popular, well-known Control Panels.


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It’s an always complicated decision, choosing the best plan, or even type of hosting plan for your needs. Small sites should always start with shared while sites that are expanding and looking towards monetizing from hosting, should upgrade to a reseller account.

Our Personal Experiences!

After switching many web hosts we finally learn why we should avoid shared web hosting and use reliable reseller web host, Or for best results always go for dedicated hosting if your website use considerable amount of hosting resources. However, you can use reseller over dedicated by optimize your website and resources. In past we compiled a list of such self tested tricks by which you can also reduce your server load. Still, If you are looking for budget shared/reseller hosting provider then you can try some well known hosting companies like Host Gator or Dreamhost.

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  1. I don’t think you are correct in aligning those issues to shared hosting. When run correctly, client should come across no issues when using share hosting.

    It is the less reputable companies which make up the bad side of shared hosting, when servers are used up to, or over capacity. That is, when servers contain far more clients than they should, meaning that load by one customer has a wide detrimental effect upon the others.

    In the same regard, the use of virtual servers suffers from the same flaw, in this case, going for the cheapest service, or a less dedicated provider is typically aligned with suffering from a bad experience with such services, thus putting off users of later services.

    Shared hosting provides a good solution for most, whilst heavier users should move off it appropriately.

  2. I fully agree with Nick Charlton: the main problem with shared web hosting lies with certain companies. Problems arise mostly if a company offers “unlimited” bandwidth and disk space and if there are many clients on the same server.
    For most people, shared web hosting is more than sufficient.

  3. I think you should have covered VPS and dedicated hosting a little more, and maybe something about using a cloud company (mediatemple, mosso, etc. ), considering the title :P

  4. you spelled Experiences incorrectly in “Our Personal Experiances!”

  5. I think your off the mark. Shared hosting is a valuable tool for most small businesses. Juts look at how the vast majority of web sites are actually hosted…. on shared servers.

    ‘Reseller Hosting’ is what gives shared services a bad name, any any mention of unlimited storage, traffic or domains is almost a guarantee that the hosting provider is overselling their resources.

    VPS hosting is becoming more & more popular as control panel’s become better. The value in a VPS is in the sense that if you use cPanel or Plesk, then you data becomes portable and can be moved quite easily between VPS (& Dedicated) Hosting providers offering the same control panel. The value in a VPS is it’s portability and easy redeployment

    Cloud hosting / Grid Hosting such as that offered by Media Temple or Mosso (CloudSites) is the smarter way of going about shared hosting and reducing the risks of service degradation

  6. I still use shared hosting for most of my sites, the good thing about shared-hosting is that you don’t need to worry about server administration.

    If the shared hosting can still hold-up to our site’s traffic, it would be best if we keep using it. VPS or DS can be very expensive and time consuming (regarding server administration)

  7. Nice thoughts but i would like to know more about the shared web hosting.

  8. I love my Host Gator reseller account! I personally wouldn’t offer hosting to clients (because if something goes wrong, you are responsible, and I just don’t have the time to deal with it), but I do like having the option. I also like being able to host all of my own personal and business websites for one small fee. And if I ever change my mind, I can easily begin offering hosting. (:

  9. I ran away from Dreamhost 2 years ago, the service was just a nightmare… The problem with shared hostings is that they offer unlimited quantities of nothing… The value in a hosting resides in the dedicated RAM amount. So you can calculate how many domains running dynamic content (through CMS) you can host in your account (are you stil offering static content?)
    How many hosting companies can ensure a minimum dedicated RAM? For me, the best solution was Slicehost, the cheapest and the strongest (and the problem with Dreamhost were just 2 sites running Joomla!).

  10. For small sites Shared web hosting is fine but for something bigger You are need own server

  11. Please don’t judge the type of hosting the company offers but if they provide adequate security in addition to the uptime and performance you’d expect.

    This site for example runs on WordPress. The more developers adopt open source the more they’re risking hacks. Don’t get me wrong, open source is great however, the hackers have the same access to the code that you do. And because their egomaniacs, they want to compromise a platform and take down thousands and thousands of sites.

    Whatever you do – get with a secure host. There’s only a handful of them out there.

  12. Your points are OK but for me I am happy with shared hosting because my site is not very busy so I don’t need that much disk space & b/w. But yes when my site gets busy I will prefer reseller hosting for sure.

  13. currently I’m Using shared Hosting so far so good im happy and my site still in a good shape. but i think if my member begins to grow i will considered the VPS or DS.

  14. very nice sites thanks admin….

  15. I think the best thing is to get your own server .

  16. thank you admin get up

  17. Depends whether the hosting company expertise, recently I’d a client subscribe to a hosting that don’t support wordpress and I had to do it manually.

    It still have glitches even now its up and runing and thats running a VPS.

  18. I agree with this post only if the website in question is a high profile website.
    Small business websites really dont need dedicated hosting and they can operate happily on shared hosting.

    Websites like http://www.Vyami.com offers so cheap shared web hosting that minimum investment will be required to start a new website!

  19. If you are starting out shared web hosting makes sense because it is cheaper. As your requirements grow you can always get your own dedicated server.

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