What is the Difference Between Shared and Business Hosting?

The following table should clarify the differences between Hostwinds Shared and Business Hosting services:


Features Shared Business
Clients Per Server 60 50
Excessive Resource Suspension Yes, after five (5) warnings you will need to upgrade to Business None
Virus/Malware Scans Twice monthly Weekly
PHP Memory Limit 256 MB 512 MB
Web Server Apache LiteSpeed
Inode limit (file limits) 250,000 600,000
Hourly Outbound Email Limit 25 250


Resource Limits Reached may happen with our Shared Web Hosting services for various reasons. This can mean several different things based on your Entry Processes and Memory usage, so if the Entry Processes are high, it is a natural progression to upgrade to a Business Hosting plan so you have more resources and can continue your site’s growth and success. 


Other features of Shared and Business plans explained:

  • Clients Per Server –  The number of clients that we place on each shared or business server
  • Excessive Resource Suspension – As our servers are shared among users, those who abuse the system may receive a suspension. Generally you will be warned before any suspension
  • Virus/Malware Scans – We run these often, however you can also run your own: https://www.hostwinds.com/guide//cpanel-virus-scan/


Our Business Plans are monitored for resources, but they are not automatically suspended for Excessive Resource Usage like the Shared Plans. If you begin using too many resources and you are ready to continue to grow, you would want to upgrade to no less than a Level 5 cloud server in order to see upgraded performance and continue your growth and success.

Our Shared Web Hosting Plans are also monitored for resources if the limit is hit more than 5 times in a month the account will be automatically suspended and an account upgrade would be highly suggested. This is suggested in order to prevent any further interruptions and to ensure you have the resources you need to continue growing your website. A natural progression from Shared Hosting is to our Business Hosting Plan and is what we would suggest as the next step from Shared Web Hosting.


If you require SSH or RDP access, or require a more secured and independent environment with more resources and customization ability, such as a different Web Engine like Nginx, the ability to make server wide changes, or other factors, an independent hosting platform such as Hostwinds’ Dedicated Server or Cloud Server is required


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