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An explanation of web hosting

The most primary and universally availed of form of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your site without having to understand much about programming and administering a web hosting server. Furthermore, it's also the most inexpensive form of web space hosting and it's in fact affordable for everyone. However, what is shared site hosting?

What is shared web hosting?

As the name implies, the shared hosting solution is a sort of service where many users share the system resources of the same web server. This suggests that all web hosting server ingredients like CPU, hard drives, RAM, NICs etc. are allotted among the customers whose accounts are on that same web server. This is normally rendered possible by setting up separate accounts for the different customers and assigning some restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are imposed so as to restrain the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overburdening. Typically, shared web hosting clients do not have full root-level access to the hosting server's configuration files, which principally suggests that they do not have access to anything else on the web server beside their own shared web hosting account. The site hosting features that each account may avail of are set by the hosting provider that possesses the hosting server and by the particular web hosting plan. That results in the second essential question:

How are the shared web hosting servers divided among the customers?

Hosting distributors that furnish shared hosting accounts typically have diverse web site hosting packages. Those packages offer diverse amounts of web site hosting features and specs, which in fact fix the limitations that a hosting account will include. The client may pick between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will befit him best. The site hosting plan will then determine what limits the customer's account will involve, once set up. The costs and the specifications of the website hosting packages are determined by the actual web hosting supplier. Depending on the policy of the provider, the shared web site hosting solution can be divided into two groups - the free hosting solution and the regular shared solution, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" suppliers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to announce, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they indeed are determined by the business tactics of the given distributor and, of course, the demands of the given customer.

What is the distinction between the free and the classic shared website hosting solution?

Of course, the main difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they provide. Free site hosting firms are not capable of maintaining a big amount of hosting servers, therefore, they simply accommodate more customers on one server by decreasing the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the servers are kept under surveillance and dealt with appropriately, since the big number of accounts may causer the web server to crash on a regular basis. The majority of the free website hosting vendors, however, overlook the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite tough to stumble upon a free of charge site hosting service that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting providers usually offer free client support even to the free web hosting clients, since they want their web pages to get bigger so that they eventually upgrade to a paid webspace hosting account, which offers more web site hosting resources. Such corporation, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free webspace hosting providers in the world.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting suppliers like Free Hostia, for example, may afford to keep lots of hosting servers and as a result, they may afford to offer much more powerful webspace hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a site hosting service, though, does not automatically mean that this package has a finer quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the concrete service which you're getting. The top web site hosting companies that have been around for quite a while are presenting their price tags and package specifications in an objective fashion, so that the client may acquainted with what in fact he is obtaining. Besides, some of them give a free bonus with the webspace hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of gratis website themes that are offered by 'Free Hostia'. Such website hosting suppliers do worry about their good name and that is the reason why if you pick them, you can be certain that you won't get tricked into paying for a plan that you cannot in fact make use of.

What should I expect from a shared website hosting service?

The shared website hosting solution is best for people who wish to host a standard web portal, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared web site hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows, your site will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich website hosting solution like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (aka a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when picking a site hosting supplier, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up transferring your domain name manually to a separate company, which can cause website predicaments and even continued downtime for your site. Therefore, going with a webspace hosting distributor such as 'Free Hostia', which can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will save you lots of frustrations in the future.