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What is Shared Website Hosting?

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The most principal and frequently used type of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It's a means to host your web site without having to be much informed about programming and administering a hosting server. Moreover, it's also the cheapest form of web hosting and it's very affordable for anybody. However, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name denotes, the shared hosting solution is a type of service where lots of customers share the system resources of one and the same web server. This indicates that all hosting server components like CPU, hard disks, RAM, NICs etc. are allotted among the users whose accounts are on that very same hosting server. This is typically made accomplishable by creating separate accounts for the separate customers and assigning some limitations and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are appointed in order to restrain the clients from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overloading. Typically, shared hosting users do not have root-level access to the web server's config files, which basically implies that they do not have access to anything else on the server apart from their own personal website hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may avail of are determined by the hosting distributor that possesses the server and by the respective website hosting plan. That brings about the second important question:

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

Hosting firms that supply shared hosting accounts typically have different website hosting plans. Those packages provide diverse quotas of web hosting features and specifications, which in fact fix the limits that a hosting plan will include. The client may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The hosting package will then determine what limitations the customer's account will include, once opened. The prices and the features of the website hosting packages are determined by the given web hosting supplier. Based on the politics of the supplier, the shared hosting service can be divided into 2 groups - the free hosting solution and the common shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" merchandisers 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 actually depend on the marketing policy of the given company and, of course, the requirements of the particular customer.

What is the distinction between the free of cost and the common shared hosting solution?

Of course, the main difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they involve. Free website hosting distributors are not capable of keeping a big number of servers, therefore, they merely host more customers on one hosting server by decreasing the amount of resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the web servers are kept under surveillance and handled properly, since the enormous amount of accounts may cause the server to crash over and over again. The majority of the free web hosting suppliers, though, neglect the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite hard to stumble upon a free of charge website hosting service that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting companies commonly offer free customer support even to the free website hosting users, since they want their web pages to grow bigger so that they subsequently move to a paid hosting package, which offers more hosting features. Such firm, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and eldest free hosting providers worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional shared hosting vendors like us, are able to keep multiple web servers and hence, we are able to offer much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that affects the pricing of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting package, though, does not automatically denote that this package has a finer quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're receiving. Also, we also offer a free bonus with the hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of fee-free site themes. As a web hosting vendor, we do care about our reputation and this is the reason why if you pick us, you can be assured that you won't get fooled into paying for an account that you cannot in fact avail of.

What should I expect from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting service is best for those who desire to host a basic web site, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot expect, though, that a shared hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business grows bigger, your web portal will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more powerful web hosting service like a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a private virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when selecting a web hosting provider, you should also ponder about scalability, otherwise you might end up moving your domain manually to a different supplier, which can cause web site complications and even extended downtime for your web portal. If you go with Freelance Web Hosting as your website hosting vendor, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will spare you lots of troubles in the future.

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