Is Shared Hosting the Best Option for Your Blog Website?Posted by in Articles
The short answer is that it really depends. If you need an affordable hosting plan with unlimited features yet willing to be susceptible to hackers and potential denial-of-service attacks and mediocre customer support, then shared hosting is a viable solution for a blog website.
Your final decision should also be based on individual blog hosting needs and allocated budget readily available. While there are numerous consistent shared web hosting providers delivering on unlimited features with enhanced options, reliability and quality customer support are two other huge issues to take into consideration when opting for a shared hosting platform for a new blog website.
Blogs typically don’t require a lot of resources to set-up and maintain; therefore, most basic shared hosting packages are more than adequate to support blogs. If creating your first blog website, it may be somewhat difficult to make an accurate guess at the required disk space and bandwidth your blog will consume, however, shared hosting plans come with virtually everything needed to get a blog up and running within no time. Most web hosts come complete with easy to install blogging software such as WordPress, Skynet, or Tumblr, simple enough to configure for even novice users.
It’s also impossible to assume traffic flow and peak hours of visitors reading and participating in your blogging efforts. If you anticipate heavy traffic, then shared hosting may not be the best option because resources such as disk space and transfer rates are “shared” with other users and resources are somewhat limited. Once valuable hosting resources become strained, the chances increase for the host to become so overwhelmed that the entire host temporarily goes offline, taking your blog down with the sinking ship.
Shared hosting is notorious for denial-of-service attacks (DoS attacks) or distributed denial-of-service attack (DDOS attacks) when web server resources become extremely scarce or rendered too slow when attempting to distribute services. To ensure hosting reliability, opt for a blog host that guarantees a 99% server network rate. This leads the discussion to the topic of advantages and drawbacks of shared hosting: cost.
The cost of shared hosting is both a pro and con. For small ventures on tight budgets, shared hosting is obviously the next best thing to ad-sponsored free web hosting. Compared to dedicated servers and VPS hosting platforms, shared hosting is much more affordable; however, often the quality of services delivered is compromised by the price. In other words, you get what you pay for when it comes to hosting your blog. Shared hosting packages begin in prices ranging under $5.
Although shared hosting providers offer many benefits, customer support services lack personalized attention when attempting to resolve technical glitches. Most shared hosts’ customer support representatives only offer cut and paste responses to e-mail inquires; therefore, phone support is usually the best alternative for real time solutions. Before making a final decision about a web host to launch a blog, read customer reviews as well as company website information to ascertain whether or not it delivers on its customer service promises to users.
Before deciding on a host to launch and support your blog, carefully examine all of your choices. While finding a web host offering unlimited disk space and bandwidth at an affordable price is not the challenge, securing a reliable host with a respectable uptime server rate while actually providing quality customer support is often the daunting task.
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