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Secure Shared Hosting: Excellent Option, Reasonable Investment

When you consider how to move forward with hosting services for your business, you may come to the end of your research and find the answer is both “yes” and “no.” In basic terms, your hosting-package options are:

  1. Dedicated
  2. Shared
  3. VPS or virtual private server

Your choice depends, in a significant way, on you, your specific industry, and on your budget, of course. This last factor – budget – will generally not be a problem when you choose secure shared hosting. Why? Because, this option has one key element dedicated hosting cannot claim – low cost.

Who Provides?

This hosting option gives each user an allotment of the server’s available power, memory, and capacity. You can establish several sites under your single-user banner. When you follow this path, you are responsible for building and running your site, keeping demand on the server within your allotment, of course.

You operate from your end on the basis of a hosting contract, and the provider does the same in terms of support, hardware/software maintenance, security, and so on. Shared hosting may not be for every business, every company, but with careful choice of an experienced and reliable provider, a new business or individual entrepreneur can establish their presence on the web, even when operating funds are limited.

Obviously, low cost is the primary reason for using shared hosting. With a modest investment, it’s possible to deliver a professional “face” to all who might find you in what is commonly called “cyberspace.” To repeat: With careful choice of a reliable provider, you can be in operation in a relatively short time. However, it’s important to devote some time to learning the details of the various plans offered. There are important choices to be made, even within the “menu” of one provider.

What to Look For

Make sure you fully understand how much cloud storage your plan provides. In addition, look for, or ask about:

  1. Email accounts – Specific number or unlimited accounts
  2. Domains – How many can be hosted under your single-user account
  3. What are the bandwidth limitations?

You might also want to consider eliminating performance bottlenecks by choosing a provider who offers LiteSpeed optimization.

Even when you have made the wise choice of providers, you must understand there are established limits with a shared-resources plan. Naturally, you’re only getting part of the server’s resources, though this shouldn’t be an issue with leading suppliers. Do your research. Even ask a representative of your provider about the possibility of a traffic surge that might slow you down.

It’s essential, in the 21st century, to consider security as a possible issue. As with other factors, this will probably not be a major headache for you when you establish a relationship with leading provider. Your site will operate independently, up to a certain point. However, there may still be malicious activity, an item you and your hosting supplier should address from the beginning.

In Conclusion

If your sites will have rather low volume of web traffic and your operation won’t demand large amounts of memory, you should do well with shared hosting. As with any business investment, do your homework and get the best customer service you can afford.

This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes.

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