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A description of web site hosting

The most principal and popularly used type of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It represents a way to host your web page without having to know much about programming and managing a web server. Besides, it's also the cheapest form of site hosting and it's in fact affordable for anybody. Nevertheless, what is shared web hosting?

What is shared web hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared web page hosting service is a type of service where lots of clients share the reserves of the same web server. This implies that all web server constituents such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, network cards etc. are allotted among the clients whose accounts are on that same web server. This is mainly rendered achievable by creating different accounts for the separate clients and appointing specific limits and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are appointed in order to prevent the clients from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overloading. Typically, shared web site hosting customers do not have root access to the web server's configuration files, which principally indicates that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server but their own personal shared hosting account. The web page hosting resources that each account may avail of are fixed by the hosting supplier that owns the web hosting server and by the particular web space hosting package. That results in the second essential question:

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

Web hosting vendors that distribute shared site hosting solutions normally have various site hosting plans. Those plans provide diverse amounts of webspace hosting features and specs, which in fact fix the limitations that a site hosting package 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 hosting package will then define what limits the client's account will include, once opened. The costs and the specs of the web hosting plans are specified by the particular hosting provider. Based on the policy of the provider, the shared web page hosting service can be divided into two categories - the free hosting service and the standard shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" sellers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to judge, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they indeed depend on the marketing policy of the given company and, of course, the needs of the specific user.

What is the contrast between the free of charge and the common shared web site hosting service?

Of course, the main difference between the free of cost and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they include. Free webspace hosting vendors are not able to keep a large number of web servers, hence, they merely accommodate more customers on one single server by reducing the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the web hosting servers are supervised and handled appropriately, because the immense number of accounts may causer the web server to crash again and again. Most of the free hosting vendors, however, overlook the quality of the service and hence, it's quite difficult to find a free of charge web hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting providers usually offer free technical support even to the free website hosting users, since they want their web portals to enlarge so that they eventually move to a paid web site hosting account, which includes more web site hosting resources. One such provider, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free web hosting companies in the world.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting distributors such as Free Hostia, for example, may afford to maintain many web servers and therefore, they may afford to provide much more feature-rich website hosting packages. Of course, that affects the cost of the web site hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a web space hosting service, however, does not necessarily mean that this solution has a finer quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that matches the real service which you're obtaining. The top-notch hosting suppliers that have been around for quite a while are showing their price tags and plan specs in a realistic way, so that the client may know what exactly he is obtaining. Moreover, some of these give a free extra with the web hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of cost-free skins that are offered by 'Free Hostia'. Such web space hosting distributors do worry about their reputation and that's why if you go with them, you can rest certain that you won't get fooled into purchasing an account that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I expect from a shared website hosting solution?

The shared web hosting service is best for those who would like to host a standard website, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared web page hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business grows, your site will become more and more demanding. Hence, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more powerful web site hosting service like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a private virtual server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when choosing a webspace hosting vendor, you should also think about how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up migrating your domain name manually to a separate supplier, which can bring about site troubles and even continued downtime for your web portal. Hence, selecting a web site hosting company such as 'Free Hostia', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is vital and will spare you lots of frustrations in the future.