Shared Hosting Plan – Things You Should Understand

There are various hosting options when it comes to choose what webhosting plan that fit your website needs. However, we can say that it can be divided into two categories, whether you want to go with shared or dedicated hosting. With shared webhosting, your web site will be hosted along with other people websites, while with dedicated hosting it’s only your site that will be hosted on that server.

Shared plan is definitely a cost effective option when compared to dedicated plan, so this plan is suitable for start up websites which don’t need lots of server resources. This is also suitable for small websites that need only little space and don’t have lots of traffics coming. However, we should be aware on the following factors before we decide to choose this web host type.

1. Your Site Can Be Affected By Other Sites On The Same Server

As stated before, with this shared webhost plan, your website will be hosted along with various other websites. It can be more than 100 different sites hosted on that same server. What people should understand is, every site hosted on that sever can affect each other site performance.

It means that how your web site uses the server resources can affect other sites performance, and how they use the resource can affect your website as well. If one of those sites uses a big amount of the resources it can make other sites load a lot slower than usual. If the site, or your website, uses too much resource most likely your webhosting account will be suspended to avoid ongoing server overload.

2. Uptime Guarantee Doesn’t Include Planned Downtime

When shopping for a web hosting service people will look at the up-time guarantee, which is a good practice anyway. However, many people don’t know that when it comes to shared hosting plan, those numbers don’t include the planned down time. This kind of down time is used for maintenance for example.

In this hosting type, such planned downtime will not be included on the uptime guarantee. When you get, let’s say, 99.9 percent uptime guarantee, actually it’s 99.9 percent up-time guarantee, minus the planned downtime, which can be vary a lot depends on various circumstances.

3. A Small Percentage Can Bring A Huge Difference

When looking at the up-time guarantee from various web host services you will see different uptime guarantee, let’s say 99.9% and 99.8%. Many people will think that the small difference will not mean a lot. But actually, it does. The down time can be very different in this case, let’s take a look at this a bit closer.

In this example, 99.9% uptime means that in one year the sites hosted there will have downtime around 9 hours. And at 99.8% uptime, it means your website will have around 17 hours down time. And we know that down time means no traffic, and no traffic means no revenue for the site owner.

It is also suggested to have a good website monitor that will help you to know how many hours exactly your website is down during certain time. With such exact information you can decide whether you can keep with the current webhosting service or move to other company when needed.

Once again, in the case of shared web hosting plan, other sites hosted on the same server can affect our site, including the down time. When one of the site gets a sever problem, or a huge spike of traffics, it may result in making our site loads really slow or even can not be accessed. So, it is crucial for you to pay a close attention on your hosting and website performance so you can take a good decision whenever required.