Most personal and small- to medium-sized business Web sites run well on shared-server Web hosting plans. Shared hosting plans give Web site owners a reliable and inexpensive way to create and maintain a Web presence.
A shared Web hosting plan offers customers access to a set amount of space on a server where other customers' Web sites reside. Plans vary in the amount of space and traffic allotted to each customer, giving online businesses a chance to grow before moving to bigger, more expensive hosting solutions.
For a simple, low maintenance Web site, shared servers are an excellent choice because the Web host provides all of the administration and server care. For people lacking the skills or desire to maintain their own server, this is an added benefit.
People who want to configure and maintain their servers or have very high traffic loads should sign up for a dedicated server plan.