A description of web site hosting
The most standard and frequently used type of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It constitutes a means to host your website without having to know much about programming and managing a server. Furthermore, it's also the cheapest type of webspace hosting and it's quite affordable for everyone. Nonetheless, what is shared web site hosting?
What is shared web site hosting?
As the name denotes, the shared web page hosting solution is a sort of service where a lot of customers share the system resources of the same hosting server. This goes to say that all web server elements like CPU, hard disks, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are distributed among the users whose accounts are on that same hosting server. This is usually rendered possible by setting up separate accounts for the separate users and imposing certain restrictions and usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are assigned in order to hinder the users from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the hosting server from overburdening. Usually, shared website hosting users do not have root access to the web server's config files, which primarily indicates that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server apart from their own website page hosting account. The web space hosting features that each account may resort to are fixed by the web hosting corporation that owns the web hosting server and by the respective hosting package. That leads up to the second vital question:
How are the shared hosting servers divided among the users?
Hosting firms that deliver shared webspace hosting plans commonly have diverse webspace hosting plans. Those packages involve diverse quotas of webspace hosting features and specs, which in fact set the limits that a web space hosting account will have. The user may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The webspace hosting plan will then determine what limitations the client's account will have, once opened. The costs and the features of the web space hosting packages are determined by the given web hosting provider. Depending on the politics of the corporation, the shared website hosting service can be divided into 2 categories - the free hosting solution and the classic shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" wholesalers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to state, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they indeed are determined by the marketing strategy of the particular provider and, of course, the demands of the particular customer.
What is the contrast between the free of charge and the popular shared web space hosting solution?
Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the amount of features that they involve. Free site hosting suppliers are not able to keep a big amount of servers, therefore, they merely host more clients on one single web hosting server by lowering the quantity of resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the hosting servers are kept under surveillance and maintained appropriately, because the large number of accounts may make the server crash on a regular basis. Most of the free hosting corporations, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's very hard to find a free site hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting companies usually offer free customer support even to the free web hosting users, since they want their websites to enlarge so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid website hosting account, which includes more site hosting features. One such corporation, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free site hosting companies worldwide.
At the same time, established shared web hosting distributors such as Exclusive Hosting, for example, are able to keep a lot of servers and so, they are able to provide much more powerful webspace hosting plans. Of course, that affects the cost of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a webspace hosting account, though, does not automatically imply that this solution has a finer quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. The top web site hosting corporations that have been around for quite some time are showing their price tags and plan specifications in an objective way, so that the customer may be informed of what in fact he is receiving. Besides, some of these offer a free extra with the website hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of free web themes that are supplied by 'Exclusive Hosting'. Such web space hosting corporations do worry about their reputation and that's why if you pick them, you can be assured that you won't get deluded into paying for an account that you cannot in fact avail of.
What should I expect from a shared webspace hosting solution?
The shared website hosting solution is best for those who want to host a normal web page, which is going to use a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared web page hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business grows, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich web hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a virtual private web hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when choosing a web site hosting vendor, you should also think about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain name manually to a different provider, which can cause site problems and even continued downtime for your web site. So, going with a web space hosting distributor such as 'Exclusive Hosting', which can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is vital and will spare you lots of troubles in the future.