Hosting is big business. It’s a $16 billion industry in the US alone and growing at 10% per year. And while it’s hard to isolate the exact percentage of that made up by shared hosting, over 50% seems a reasonable guess. As the name implies, ‘shared’ hosting means your website will be sharing space on a server with potentially hundreds – or even thousands – of other websites. Hosting is a $16 billion industry in the US and growing at 10% per year. The actions of those around you will also have a much higher chance of impacting on your life than if you were, for example, securely tucked away in a stately mansion on a faraway hill. Our stately mansion in this scenario would be the world of managed, dedicated hosting. Also, just as in shared accommodation of any kind, there will be pooled resources at play. Imagine server RAM and CPU as being the equivalents of plumbing and electricity in an apartment building. If the building’s electricity goes down, everyone’s electricity goes down. Let’s summarize the implications of all that with a little help from a classic Sergio Leone title: The good: You are not in charge of running the actual server yourself. This can require an unusual combination
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