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An interpretation of web site hosting

The most archetypal and universally used kind of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It's a means to host your web page without having to know much about programming and administrating a server. What's more, it's also the most economical type of web site hosting and it's in fact affordable for everyone. Still, what is shared web site hosting?

What is shared web hosting?

As the name implies, the shared website hosting service is a form of service where many users share the resources of the same server. This indicates that all hosting server ingredients like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, NICs and so on, are shared among the customers whose accounts are on that very same web hosting server. This is normally rendered achievable by opening separate accounts for the different clients and applying specific limitations and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are assigned in order to prevent the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overloading. Normally, shared web space hosting users do not have root access to the hosting server's configuration files, which essentially indicates that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server beside their very own web hosting account. The webspace hosting resources that each account may use are set by the web hosting firm that possesses the web server and by the particular hosting plan. That brings about the second vital question:

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

Web hosting providers that offer shared web site hosting solutions usually have diverse hosting packages. Those packages involve different quotas of web site hosting features and specs, which actually set the limits that a webspace hosting plan will include. The user may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The webspace hosting plan will then define what restrictions the client's account will include, once created. The prices and the features of the web hosting packages are defined by the given web hosting firm. Depending on the politics of the corporation, the shared webspace hosting service falls into 2 types - the free hosting solution and the regular shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" sellers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to judge, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they indeed are subject to the business policy of the given company and, of course, the demands of the specific client.

What is the difference between the free and the standard shared webspace hosting solution?

Of course, the essential difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the amount of features that they include. Free web space hosting suppliers are not capable of maintaining an immense number of web servers, hence, they merely host more clients on one single server by decreasing the amount of resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only if the servers are kept under surveillance and handled properly, since the enormous number of accounts may make the hosting server crash regularly. Most of the free web site hosting providers, however, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite tough to stumble upon a free of cost website hosting service that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting companies normally offer free customer support even to the free webspace hosting users, because they want their web pages to get bigger so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid web site hosting plan, which includes more web site hosting resources. One such firm, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free web hosting providers in the world.

At the same time, established shared web hosting firms such as Add Host, for example, may afford to keep a lot of web hosting servers and therefore, they are able to provide much more powerful web space hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a web space hosting package, however, does not necessarily denote that this plan has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which involve a price that matches the concrete service which you're obtaining. The top-notch website hosting suppliers that have been around for quite some time are listing their prices and plan specifications in an objective manner, so that the customer may familiar with what in fact he is getting. Besides, some of them offer a free bonus with the web site hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of free-of-cost design skins that are offered by 'Add Host'. Such web hosting vendors do worry about their reputation and that's why if you choose them, you can rest certain that you won't get deluded into purchasing a package that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I expect from a shared webspace hosting solution?

The shared web site hosting service is best for people who are looking to host a standard site, which is going to consume a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared webspace hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business enlarges, your web site will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more feature-rich site hosting service like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual private web server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when picking a web hosting provider, you should also reflect about how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up moving your domain name manually to a separate company, which can bring about site problems and even continuous downtime for your web site. Hence, choosing a web hosting distributor such as 'Add Host', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will spare you lots of troubles in the long run.