Navigating the waters of web hosting account types and sizes can be tricky for people who are not well-versed in technological terms. How do you know what type of account to order? What the heck is a “VPS?” How is it different from a Dedicated server? Why should you care about what kind of processor you have?
We understand it’s confusing – it’s ok; we’re here to help.
This article is a work in progress – please don’t hold its unfinished state against us! We wanted to get the basic information out there for people as quickly as possible.
We like to use a housing analogy to describe the various account types – that way, we’re using language everyone understands.
The Shared Account
A shared account is the basic web hosting account, held by tens of millions of websites all over the world. For sites that are not high-traffic, a shared account is ideal because they are cheaper than VPS or Dedicated accounts.
The housing analogy: A shared web hosting account is like renting a room in a house. You have your own, small private space (your room,) and you share major facilities like the kitchen, living room and bathroom. In hosting terms, your private room is your home directory – no one else can put their stuff in your home directory. It is yours alone. However, you share major server resources with other customers, such as CPU, RAM (memory,) network connectivity, and some software packages.
Pros and Cons of a Shared Account:
Well my Name is Ranjan Chatterjee. An Electrical Engineer from Asansol , India. I am the founder of MeraHost and the one behind this blog too.
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