What is Shared Hosting?

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In the simplest terms shared hosting is where you and other people share resources on a web server (place where your website is sent from when someone types say adamblansett.com before it shows in your browser aka Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explore or Edge).

When you are just starting out this can be a very cost effective way to host your website and have it available 24/7.

As a developer for over 12 years I personally use shared hosting even for this website you are on now. Using this allows me to host this website for low cost and very little maintenance. If you are like my your free time is short and you value what time you have and that means a lot.

Personally I use HostGator for it’s price to value when it comes to shared hosting.

Now most Shared Hosting Plans out there not just HostGator offer the following

  • Free SSL Certificate
  • Sometimes a Free Domain
  • Unlimited Traffic

What makes HostGator different even though they do not offer a free domain name which you can get as cheap as $10 for the year.

They do offer free with all of there shared hosting plans:

  • Unlimited Emails
  • Unlimited Email storage
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • Unlimited Traffic
  • CPanel
  • SSH/CLI or Command Line Interface ability something that if your a developer you understand a need for with WP CLI, Git, SVN, etc… Note: you do not have root/administrator access.
  • Website Builder – if your not tech savvy and your doing it yourself
  • $100 Google Adwords Offer
  • $100 Bing Ads Credit
  • MySQL Databases with phpMyAdmin Access
  • Programming Language: CGI, Fast CGI, PHP 5 and 7, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python, SSL
  • Programming Modules: Curl, CPAN, GD Library, ImageMagick
  • Cron Job Scheduling
  • 24/7/365 Phone or Live Chat Support

If you are not a developer that is ok, just know that your developer will want if not need these things.

I use the Business Plan, though the Baby Plan works as well for unlimited domains/websites.

Using Business plan with it’s Dedicated IP it allows me to use other SSLs if I so chose to since the SSL that they do give you free unfortunately only allows you to cover one website with https and if I chose to add more websites and need to cover them with an SSL I can use what is known as an UCC at least that is what GoDaddy calls it though others just refer to them as Wildcard SSLs though that can be confusing since there are multiple types of Wildcard SSLs.

Learn more about SSLs here.

I will be covering more about Dedicated IPs in future articles and they are beyond the scope of this article.

Another reason I use the Business plan is because it offers free SEO Tools so that your website can come up higher on the list when people search for you on Google for instance.

Now if you only have 1 domain the Hatchling Plan will fit you perfect and it also offers a free SSL as well.

If I was not as tech savvy as I am and didn’t have plans for scalability and going to a Dedicated or Cloud Server then I would use it at a price as low as $2.99 a month.

They offer 99.9% up time which means your website will be available for all but maybe a minute or two on a rare occasion in the 24/7 period. I have had them for close to 12 years and I have yet to have any issues.

If you need further help on setting things up feel free to contact me.

In the mean time Get started here!