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A definition of website hosting

The most basic and commonly used type of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It's a means to host your site without having to be much informed about programming and administering a web server. In addition, it's also the cheapest type of webspace hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Still, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name denotes, the shared webspace hosting solution is a sort of service where numerous customers share the reserves of the same hosting server. This signifies that all web hosting server components like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are split among the customers whose accounts are on that very same web server. This is mainly rendered feasible by opening separate accounts for the different clients and setting certain limitations and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are imposed so as to restrain the users from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overburdening. Typically, shared website hosting customers do not have complete root-level access to the web server's config files, which principally indicates that they cannot access anything else on the web server but their own website hosting account. The web site hosting resources that each account may resort to are fixed by the hosting vendor that owns the web server and by the particular hosting package. That brings about the second essential question:

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

Web hosting firms that deliver shared webspace hosting accounts usually have diverse hosting plans. Those packages offer different amounts of webspace hosting resources and specifications, which in fact define the limits that a site hosting account will have. The user may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The web site hosting package will then determine what restrictions the client's account will include, once created. The prices and the specifications of the website hosting plans are determined by the particular hosting company. Based on the policy of the company, the shared web site hosting service falls into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the regular shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" firms as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to declare, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they actually are dependent on the marketing policy of the particular provider and, of course, the demands of the specific client.

What is the contrast between the free of cost and the normal shared webspace hosting service?

Of course, the principal difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the quantity of resources that they contain. Free web hosting firms are not capable of maintaining a large number of hosting servers, hence, they simply accommodate more customers on a single web server by reducing the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the web servers are supervised and dealt with appropriately, since the big amount of accounts may causer the web server to crash time and time again. The majority of the free site hosting distributors, though, ignore the quality of the service and hence, it's very hard to find a free of cost web space hosting service that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting companies usually provide free customer support even to the free hosting clients, since they want their websites to grow bigger so that they eventually move to a paid website hosting account, which includes more website hosting features. Such company, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and oldest free web hosting providers in the world.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting firms like Exclusive Hosting, for instance, are able to maintain lots of web servers and as a result, they may afford to offer much more feature-rich site hosting plans. Of course, that affects the pricing of the hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web hosting solution, however, does not necessarily signify that this account has a better quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're receiving. The best webspace hosting companies that have been around for quite a while are displaying their price tags and package configurations in a realistic way, so that the customer may be aware of what in fact he is getting. Also, some of these offer a free extra with the web space hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of complimentary design layouts that are supplied by 'Exclusive Hosting'. Such webspace hosting firms do care about their good name and that's why if you choose them, you can rest assured that you won't get hoaxed into purchasing a solution that you cannot in fact use.

What should I anticipate from a shared web space hosting solution?

The shared web page hosting solution is best for those who would like to host a standard site, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared web space hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business expands, your web page will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to ultimately move to a more feature-rich web site hosting solution like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a webspace hosting distributor, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up migrating your domain name manually to a different company, which can cause site predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your web page. Hence, picking a site hosting company such as 'Exclusive Hosting', which can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is essential and will save you lots of headaches in the future.