A shared hosting service is a type of internet hosting in which the client shares the server resources along with other clients while the server is owned, maintained, administered by the data center. In shared hosting environment web sites belonging to several organization / departments are contained on a single server and each of these clients shares the disk resources like disk space, memory and CPU. However users can have the access to their respective account in the web server for application content updating but as mentioned above, overall management and maintenance of the server is the responsibility of the data center.
Who should use shared hosting?
For small to medium sized web applications can use this method of web hosting as this is cost-effective in terms of server resource utilization. Most small to medium-sized sites use a type of hosting called "virtual hosting" where a number of Web sites residing on a shared server, also shares an IP address of the same server. Shared hosting allows us to host multiple sites using a single IP address.
Advantages of shared hosting
Obviously key advantage of shared hosting is cost. It’s very cost effective as it shares the server resources among several web sites hosted on it. Also, it allows us to host several sites using a single IP. Also another advantage is that data center is responsible for managing/administering a server, support is available if issues occur with the server. This means that people with relatively few IT skills can still set up a hosting account and a web site.
Intel Xeon Single/Dual /Quad Processor based servers
Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition
RHEL 5, RHEL 6.4
IIS 6 / IIS 7 .5
Apache 2.2.3 and above (RHEL 5, RHEL 6.4)
MS SQL Server 2008 R2 (Windows Server 2008 R2)
PostgreSQL 9.2 (RHEL 5, RHEL 6.4)
MySQL 5.5 (RHEL 5. RHEL 6.4)