Positioning your business online requires having a website and social media presence. For first time website owners, this could be overwhelming and confusing, especially in the aspect of web hosting.
In this post, I will be talking about everything you need to know on shared hosting; why shared hosting may be the first option for, and what to consider before opting for shared hosting.
What is shared hosting?
Shared hosting is a type of web hosting where a single physical server hosts multiple sites. Every website on the internet is stored on a server, a type of computer, in order to make it publicly available to users. When someone types a website’s URL into their browser, the browser uses that address to determine where the site is stored.
Our web browser first obtains the IP address the domain name resolves to. After which the browser now demands a full URL from the web server. The web server then responds to the browser by sending the desired pages. And the browser finally gets the webpages and displays it, or displays the error message.
Here is how shared hosting works
Just like living in an apartment with roommates in order to split the bills and rent resources are shared with other users. It is the most common option for beginners looking to host their first website because it is cost effective and requires less technicality. Since many users are sharing the same space, individual cost is reduced to the minimum.
Our shared hosting packages come with come with easy-to-use features like user-friendly control panel, email account creation, adding databases, amongst others.
Benefits of shared web hosting
It is cost effective
Look at it this way, living alone in an apartment is way more expensive than having roommates who you can share the rent with. Likewise shared hosting, where users use only a part of a server’s storage space, bandwidth and other resources as well as the cost.
So, if you are on a tight budget, shared hosting may be just right for you.
At Tucana, our shared hosting starts at #3,500 while you can upgrade to pay #30,000 a year for our premium plan to enjoy unlimited
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It is flexible
For a new startup, business or personal website, shared hosting may be the best option. However, as your website grows, you may need to upgrade to a higher plan. Shared hosting is quite easy to upgrade without hassle.
It is beginner-friendly:
As a beginner, you may not be very experienced when it comes to managing a server. With a shared hosting plan, this responsibility is usually handled for you. Your host will take that burden off you by taking care of your basic server administrative needs.
With our shared hosting, you can expect technical assistance for your hosting.
It is easy to manage:
Shared hosting is quite easy to set up as it requires less technical skills. Most providers offer a control panel to manage your website and hosting account.
With our simplified user interface, it is seamless for users to troubleshoot, upgrade their plans, manage billing, monitor their server and perform other significant task.
Factors to consider before opting for shared hosting package and provider
There are factors you should consider before choosing a shared hosting package and a hosting provider:
You want to be guaranteed 99.9% uptime, this is because it is very important that your website is available at all times and this has a lot to do with your web hosting provider.
Well, you need not look far, we guarantee your website 99.9% uptime.
Your website visitors expect your website to load in 2 seconds or less, but if that is not the case for you, you might consider upgrading your plan or changing your hosting provider.
Also, there are websites that use more resources of a server than others which affect the speed and performance of the others negatively.
However, at Tucana, we have policies that guide fair usage so that everyone can have access to a fair amount of the resources.
Shared hosting is not suitable for websites with high traffic. Therefore, if you anticipate a large amount of traffic, this hosting plan may not be the best option for you.
Shared hosting is not best suited for websites that require advanced configurations or high bandwidth. It is important that you factor the function you want your website to perform before choosing a shared hosting package. For instance, if your visitors will be downloading heavy files off your website, you may consider choosing a higher plan.
Just because it is inexpensive and less technical doesn’t mean you are not entitled to support from your hosting provider. In fact, we have noticed that the users that request for support the most on Tucana are users with shared hosting packages. This may be because they are just getting familiar with the process, and they need all the support they can get.
Therefore, it is important to choose a provider that guarantees you round the clock support.