What is shared hosting?
Shared hosting is when 200 to 300 customers share a server, i.e. a shared server. Because there are so many customers sharing a server, the cost is very cheap – as low as RM20/month. The downside is the resources are also shared across all the customers, so if one customer uses a lot of server resources (i.e. CPU), the other customer websites will suffer in performance.
How am I charged for shared hosting?
There will be several plans, that are usually differentiated by the server space and monthly bandwidth allowance, e.g. 5GB disk space and 50GB monthly transfer.
The hosting provider will try to lock you in for as long as possible, so there will be several upfront payment options – monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, yearly and two-yearly. The provider may also charge you a setup fee.
What are the things I should consider for my shared hosting plan?
Although you have quite limited options since this is a budget service, try to look for a hosting provider that includes the following:
a) cPanel: a management tool to create new email accounts, subdomains, database, etc.
b) Unlimited Email Accounts: some providers limit the number of email accounts.
c) Web-based Email: so that you don’t always need an email client like MS Outlook.
d) Addon Domains: allows you to add more than one domain.
e) MySQL Database: necessary, if your website uses a CMS like WordPress.
f) Allocated Resources: some providers guarantee a certain minimum server resources.
g) Daily Backup: so that you always have a backup copy of your website and emails.
h) Hosted in Malaysia: faster Internet speeds, since your visitors are mostly Malaysians.
How long do I have to wait until I can use my shared server?
Setup usually takes between 1 – 3 working days.