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A definition of website hosting

The most fundamental and popularly used sort of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It constitutes a means to host your web site without having to understand much about programming and running a web server. Moreover, it's also the most economical form of website hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. Nevertheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared web space hosting solution is a kind of service where a lot of customers share the resources of one and the same web server. This implies that all web hosting server components like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are shared among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is mostly rendered attainable by setting up different accounts for the different customers and assigning some restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are imposed so as to hinder the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overburdening. Usually, shared web space hosting users do not have full root access to the web server's config files, which principally indicates that they cannot access anything else on the web server apart from their very own shared hosting account. The web space hosting features that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting supplier that possesses the hosting server and by the particular webspace hosting plan. That leads to the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the users?

Hosting suppliers that deliver shared site hosting plans normally have various site hosting plans. Those packages involve different quotas of hosting resources and specifications, which in fact define the restrictions that a web site hosting package will include. The user may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will befit him best. The webspace hosting plan will then determine what limits the customer's account will have, once created. The costs and the specifications of the website hosting plans are set by the particular hosting vendor. Depending on the policy of the distributor, the shared hosting service falls into 2 groups - the free hosting solution and the typical shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" firms as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to affirm, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they really are subject to the marketing strategy of the particular corporation and, of course, the needs of the particular customer.

What is the contrast between the free of charge and the normal shared web site hosting solution?

Of course, the primary difference between the free and the paid solution is in the amount of features that they offer. Free web site hosting suppliers are not capable of maintaining a huge amount of servers, therefore, they merely host more customers on one single web hosting server by reducing the amount of resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the web hosting servers are kept under surveillance and handled appropriately, since the immense amount of accounts may make the web hosting server crash time and time again. Most of the free site hosting corporations, though, overlook the quality of the service and hence, it's quite tough to stumble upon a free of cost site hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting companies commonly offer free customer support even to the free website hosting clients, since they want their sites to grow so that they eventually migrate to a paid web space hosting package, which includes more hosting resources. One such corporation, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free website hosting suppliers in the world.

At the same time, traditional shared web hosting providers such as Exclusive Hosting, for example, are able to maintain lots of hosting servers and therefore, they are able to provide much more powerful webspace hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a web space hosting plan, though, does not necessarily mean that this service has a better quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. The top hosting distributors that have been around for quite some time are revealing their prices and plan specifications in a realistic fashion, so that the client may acquainted with what in fact he is receiving. Additionally, some of them give a free extra with the webspace hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of charge-free website layouts that are furnished by 'Exclusive Hosting'. Such web site hosting corporations do worry about their reputation and this is the reason why if you select them, you can be confident that you won't get hoaxed into paying for an account that you cannot actually utilize.

What should I expect from a shared website hosting solution?

The shared web hosting service is best for persons who wish to host an average web site, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot expect, though, that a shared webspace hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business gets bigger, your website will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to eventually move to a more powerful hosting solution like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a virtual web server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when picking a web space hosting distributor, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up moving your domain name manually to a different supplier, which can create site problems and even extended downtime for your site. Hence, selecting a web space hosting supplier like 'Exclusive Hosting', which can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will save you a lot of problems in the future.