Shared hosting VS Reseller hosting

Shared hosting is the most popular type of hosting and for many companies and individuals it is just a perfect solution. However, in recent year’s reseller hosting also became popular, so it should be considered an option as well, especially if you are a hosting nerd or a web design company. Here is more information about what you can expect from shared hosting.

Features of Shared Web Hosting

Shared hosting is the cheapest form of hosting. When you subscribe for a shared web hosting plan, you get some web space on a server, where hundreds or even thousands of other users are hosting their sites. Here are the main features of shared web hosting.

  • Low cost. The most outstanding feature of shared web hosting is its price. Shared web hosting costs $4-5 a month on average but with some searching you could find offers for as low as $1-2 a month.
  • Decent amount of disk space and bandwidth. When you sign for a shared web hosting plan, you get anything from 100MB to 10-20GB of disk space and 5-10 or more GB of bandwidth a month, which for a small site is not bad at all. The amount of disk space and bandwidth is the main differentiator between the various web hosting packages in terms of price per month.
  • Little administration hassle. Another feature of shared web hosting is that you don’t have to deal with the administration of a whole server – you are in charge only of your Control Panel.

Free e-mail, FTP, web tools, etc.

Though this varies from one provider to the next, usually the package includes at least a free e-mail server, FTP access, MySQL database and various web tools (such as encryption tools, installers for WordPress, Joomla and other popular blogs, etc.) for you to use. Different statistical packages and logs are also available. You could also have shell access.

Generally speaking, shared web hosting offers all the features a small to mid-size site demands and you can’t say that shared hosting is not a good option because it is cheap. For starters, shared web hosting is a good investment and once you find the right shared hosting provider and package; you might never have to look for alternatives.

Shared Hosting or Reseller Hosting Is Best for Me?

If what standard shared hosting offers include is not what you need, there are some other types of hosting you might want to consider. If you are a web design company, reseller hosting might be just what you need.

In some aspects reseller hosting is a mix between dedicated hosting and shared web hosting. With reseller hosting plans you get a whole server just for you plus the right to resell space and bandwidth.

Reseller hosting is just great for web design companies because you can resell hosting to your clients. In some cases it might turn out that reseller hosting is the most profitable option for you – if you manage to sell enough web hosting space, the money you can make from this could be substantial.

Since web hosting prices are changing all the time, it is hard to recommend the best web hosting plans for shared hosting and for reseller hosting. Some good web hosting companies for shared hosting are JustHost, iPage, BlueHost, HostMonster, Arvixe and JustHost, MochaHost, Arvixe, GreenGeeks, ProNetHosting for reseller hosting. Check these companies and see if what they offer suits your web hosting needs.

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Free Hosting Solution January 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Cool! Will check it out

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