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A description of web site hosting

The most standard and popularly availed of form of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your site without having to know much about programming and administering a hosting server. What's more, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. However, what is shared web page hosting?

What is shared web site hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared hosting service is a sort of service where lots of clients share the system resources of the same web server. This indicates that all web server ingredients such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, NICs etc. are allocated among the users whose accounts are on that very same server. This is usually made accomplishable by opening different accounts for the separate clients and allocating given limitations and usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are appointed in order to prevent the users from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overburdening. Usually, shared hosting clients do not have full root access to the server's config files, which basically goes to say that they do not have access to anything else on the server beside their very own hosting account. The web page hosting resources that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting corporation that owns the server and by the particular webspace hosting plan. That results in the second essential question:

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

Hosting vendors that deliver shared website hosting plans commonly have various hosting plans. Those plans involve diverse quotas of web space hosting resources and specs, which actually define the restrictions that a web hosting package will have. The user may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what limits the client's account will involve, once set up. The costs and the specs of the webspace hosting plans are specified by the very web hosting corporation. Depending on the politics of the vendor, the shared site hosting service can be divided into 2 types - the free hosting service and the popular shared service, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" providers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to claim, which one is better, since they are quite different from one another and they really are subject to the business policy of the given supplier and, of course, the needs of the particular customer.

What is the distinction between the free and the typical shared website hosting service?

Of course, the essential difference between the free and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they include. Free web hosting firms are not able to maintain an enormous number of web servers, therefore, they plainly host more users on one server by lowering the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the hosting servers are supervised and handled properly, because the immense amount of accounts may make the web server crash repeatedly. Most of the free site hosting suppliers, though, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite difficult to come across a free of charge hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting distributors usually provide free client support even to the free site hosting clients, because they want their web portals to grow bigger so that they subsequently migrate to a paid webspace hosting account, which offers more hosting resources. Such firm, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free web hosting firms worldwide.

At the same time, traditional shared web hosting suppliers such as Free Hostia, for instance, may afford to maintain numerous web hosting servers and therefore, they may afford to offer much more feature-rich webspace hosting plans. Of course, that influences the cost of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting package, however, does not necessarily denote that this solution has a better quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the real service which you're getting. The first-class webspace hosting providers that have been around for a long time are revealing their prices and package features in a realistic way, so that the customer may be aware of what in fact he is obtaining. Moreover, some of these give a free extra with the web space hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of charge-free design themes that are supplied by 'Free Hostia'. Such web hosting companies do look after their good name and that's why if you go with them, you can rest assured that you won't get beguiled into buying an account that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I expect from a shared hosting solution?

The shared web space hosting solution is best for individuals who wish to host a standard web site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared web page hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows bigger, your website will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to eventually move to a more feature-rich web space hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual private web hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when selecting a webspace hosting company, you should also think about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up migrating your domain name manually to a separate supplier, which can create website complications and even continuous downtime for your website. So, choosing a hosting distributor such as 'Free Hostia', which can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is essential and will spare you a lot of complications in the long run.