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An explanation of web hosting

The most basic and widely availed of variety of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It constitutes a way to host your website without having to understand much about programming and operating a hosting server. What's more, it's also the most economical type of hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared web hosting?

As the name designates, the shared website hosting solution is a sort of service where many customers share the resources of the same server. This means that all server ingredients such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, NICs and so on, are allotted among the users whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is normally rendered achievable by setting up different accounts for the different clients and assigning specific restrictions and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are set so as to restrain the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overloading. Typically, shared website hosting customers do not have complete root access to the web hosting server's configuration files, which basically indicates that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server aside from their very own shared web hosting account. The web page hosting resources that each account may utilize are determined by the hosting corporation that owns the server and by the respective web hosting package. That brings about the second vital question:

How are the shared hosting servers shared among the users?

Web hosting distributors that deliver shared web hosting services normally have diverse site hosting packages. Those plans offer diverse quotas of website hosting features and specifications, which actually fix the restrictions that a webspace hosting account will have. The customer may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will fit him best. The site hosting plan will then define what limits the customer's account will include, once created. The prices and the specs of the site hosting plans are fixed by the given hosting company. Based on the policy of the distributor, the shared web site hosting service falls into two categories - the free hosting service and the regular shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" merchandisers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to judge, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they actually are dependent on the marketing policy of the particular distributor and, of course, the requirements of the specific client.

What is the difference between the free of cost and the regular shared web space hosting service?

Of course, the principal difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the amount of features that they provide. Free hosting firms are not able to keep a huge amount of web servers, therefore, they simply accommodate more users on a single hosting server by decreasing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only if the web hosting servers are supervised and administered appropriately, because the immense number of accounts may make the web hosting server crash over and over again. Most of the free hosting firms, though, neglect the quality of the service and therefore, it's very tough to stumble upon a free of charge website hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting providers commonly provide free client support even to the free web space hosting users, because they want their web pages to expand so that they eventually move to a paid website hosting account, which includes more web hosting features. One such company, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free web space hosting suppliers worldwide.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting companies such as Hostomedia, for example, are able to maintain plenty of web servers and as a result, they may afford to provide much more powerful web site hosting plans. Of course, that affects the cost of the web site hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a webspace hosting solution, though, does not necessarily denote that this package has a finer quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that matches the concrete service which you're receiving. The best website hosting companies that have been around for quite a while are showing their price tags and plan specifications in a realistic manner, so that the customer may acquainted with what indeed he is receiving. Additionally, some of these provide a free extra with the hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of cost-free site skins that are provided by 'Hostomedia'. Such hosting companies do look after their good name and that is the reason why if you choose them, you can rest certain that you won't get beguiled into paying for a solution that you cannot in fact avail of.

What should I anticipate from a shared website hosting solution?

The shared web space hosting service is best for people who want to host a normal web site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared web site hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business gets bigger, your website will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more powerful webspace hosting service like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a web space hosting company, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain name manually to a different supplier, which can create web site predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your web site. So, choosing a hosting supplier such as 'Hostomedia', 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 annoyances in the long run.