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A definition of web page hosting

The most basic and universally availed of form of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It represents a way to host your web portal without having to understand much about programming and handling a hosting server. Besides, it's also the cheapest form of webspace hosting and it's very affordable for everybody. Still, what is shared website hosting?

What is shared website hosting?

As the name implies, the shared web site hosting solution is a kind of service where lots of users share the system reserves of the same hosting server. This suggests that all server elements like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are split among the customers whose accounts are on that same web server. This is typically made feasible by setting up separate accounts for the different customers and appointing some limitations and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are fixed so as to hinder the customers from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overburdening. Typically, shared site hosting users do not have complete root access to the web server's config files, which principally indicates that they do not have access to anything else on the web hosting server but their own shared web hosting account. The site hosting resources that each account may avail of are fixed by the hosting supplier that possesses the web server and by the particular hosting plan. That causes the second essential question:

How are the shared web hosting servers shared among the users?

Web hosting distributors that supply shared web space hosting services normally have different site hosting plans. Those plans include different amounts of site hosting features and specs, which actually fix the limitations that a hosting package will include. The client may pick between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will suit him best. The webspace hosting package will then define what limits the user's account will involve, once opened. The prices and the specs of the webspace hosting packages are fixed by the actual hosting distributor. Based on the policy of the firm, the shared web site hosting service can be divided into two types - the free hosting service and the regular shared service, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" providers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to assert, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they actually are subject to the business policy of the given firm and, of course, the needs of the specific user.

What is the contrast between the free of charge and the normal shared hosting solution?

Of course, the main difference between the free of cost and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they contain. Free site hosting firms are not able to maintain a huge number of web hosting servers, therefore, they simply accommodate more users on a single hosting server by lowering the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the web hosting servers are monitored and handled properly, since the enormous number of accounts may make the web hosting server crash frequently. The majority of the free webspace hosting suppliers, however, neglect the quality of the service and hence, it's very tough to come across a free web site hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting firms commonly provide free customer support even to the free web hosting customers, because they want their web portals to enlarge so that they eventually move to a paid web space hosting account, which includes more webspace hosting features. Such vendor, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free hosting companies worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting providers like Free Hostia, for example, are able to keep a lot of web hosting servers and hence, they may afford to provide much more feature-rich web site hosting packages. Of course, that affects the pricing of the hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a hosting service, though, does not necessarily signify that this service has a better quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the real service which you're receiving. The best web space hosting suppliers that have been around for quite some time are displaying their price tags and plan configurations in an objective way, so that the customer may be aware of what in fact he is receiving. Additionally, some of these offer a free extra with the hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of fee-free web site themes that are supplied by 'Free Hostia'. Such web space hosting corporations do worry about their good name and this is the reason why if you pick them, you can be calm that you won't get fooled into purchasing a package that you cannot in fact use.

What should I anticipate from a shared hosting service?

The shared web hosting service is best for persons who wish to host a basic site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared web site hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business enlarges, your website will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more powerful webspace hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (aka a virtual private web hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when choosing a web hosting provider, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up relocating your domain name manually to a separate company, which can bring about site predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your site. Hence, going with a web hosting distributor like 'Free Hostia', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is essential and will spare you lots of predicaments in the long run.