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An explanation of hosting

The most fundamental and universally utilized kind of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your web site without having to know much about programming and managing a web server. In addition to that, it's also the cheapest form of web site hosting and it's in fact affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is shared web site hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name denotes, the shared web hosting solution is a form of service where multiple customers share the resources of the same web server. This implies that all hosting server elements such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are divided among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is mostly rendered attainable by opening different accounts for the different customers and assigning given restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are allocated so as to hinder the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overburdening. Typically, shared web site hosting customers do not have complete root-level access to the server's configuration files, which primarily goes to say that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server aside from their own website hosting account. The web space hosting features that each account may resort to are set by the hosting distributor that possesses the web server and by the particular hosting plan. That leads up to the second important question:

How are the shared hosting web servers shared among the clients?

Web hosting companies that furnish shared web space hosting services typically have different web hosting plans. Those plans offer different quotas of web space hosting resources and specs, which actually fix the limitations that a webspace hosting account will include. The customer may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The webspace hosting package will then determine what limits the client's account will involve, once opened. The prices and the specifications of the web hosting packages are set by the specific hosting supplier. Based on the policy of the corporation, the shared web space hosting service falls into two groups - the free hosting solution and the classic shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to say, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they indeed are dependent on the business tactics of the given firm and, of course, the requirements of the specific client.

What is the difference between the free of charge and the popular shared hosting service?

Of course, the chief difference between the free and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they involve. Free hosting providers are not capable of maintaining an enormous number of web servers, hence, they simply host more clients on a single web hosting server by reducing the amount of resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the web hosting servers are monitored and administered properly, because the huge number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash repeatedly. Most of the free webspace hosting firms, though, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's very difficult to discover a free web hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting corporations usually offer free client support even to the free web hosting clients, because they want their web pages to grow so that they subsequently move to a paid hosting package, which offers more web site hosting features. One such firm, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and eldest free website hosting distributors worldwide.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting suppliers such as Web Hosting, for example, are able to maintain multiple web hosting servers and hence, they may afford to provide much more feature-rich web space hosting plans. Of course, that affects the cost of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a website hosting package, though, does not necessarily denote that this solution has a better quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're getting. The top-notch website hosting firms that have been around for quite a while are exhibiting their price tags and plan configurations in a realistic way, so that the client may familiar with what indeed he is obtaining. Additionally, some of these offer a free bonus with the site hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of free website skins that are provided by 'Web Hosting'. Such hosting providers do worry about their good name and that's why if you go with them, you can rest calm that you won't get fooled into paying for an account that you cannot actually use.

What should I expect from a shared hosting service?

The shared site hosting solution is best for people who want to host a standard web portal, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared webspace hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business expands, your site will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more powerful website hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a private virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a site hosting vendor, you should also ponder about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain name manually to a separate distributor, which can cause website predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your site. Hence, going with a web hosting provider like 'Web Hosting', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is essential and will spare you a lot of complications in the long run.