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A definition of web site hosting

The most standard and universally used variety of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It represents a means to host your website without having to know much about programming and handling a server. In addition, it's also the cheapest type of website hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. Still, what is shared hosting?

What is shared web hosting?

As the name implies, the shared web page hosting service is a sort of service where plenty of users share the system resources of one and the same web hosting server. This means that all server ingredients such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, NICs etc. are distributed among the clients whose accounts are on that very same hosting server. This is usually rendered achievable by setting up different accounts for the different clients and fixing certain restrictions and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are set so as to prevent the customers from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overburdening. Usually, shared web space hosting clients do not have root access to the web server's configuration files, which essentially implies that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server apart from their very own shared web hosting account. The web site hosting features that each account may avail of are set by the web hosting distributor that possesses the web server and by the respective webspace hosting plan. That predetermines the second important question:

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

Web hosting companies that offer shared website hosting services normally have different web hosting plans. Those packages offer different quotas of web space hosting resources and specs, which actually fix the restrictions that a site hosting account will include. The user may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The webspace hosting package will then define what restrictions the customer's account will involve, once created. The prices and the specs of the website hosting packages are determined by the given hosting firm. Based on the politics of the corporation, the shared hosting solution falls into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the common shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" wholesalers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to state, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they really are dependent on the business strategy of the specific corporation and, of course, the requirements of the particular customer.

What is the distinction between the free and the classic shared web space hosting service?

Of course, the chief difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of features that they involve. Free web space hosting companies are not able to keep an enormous amount of hosting servers, therefore, they just accommodate more users on one single web server by lowering the amount of resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the web hosting servers are monitored and maintained properly, because the enormous number of accounts may make the hosting server crash repeatedly. The majority of the free webspace hosting firms, however, ignore the quality of the service and hence, it's very hard to find a free of cost webspace hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting providers normally offer free technical support even to the free site hosting customers, because they want their web pages to get bigger so that they eventually upgrade to a paid webspace hosting package, which offers more webspace hosting resources. Such company, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and oldest free web space hosting providers worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting suppliers such as Exclusive Hosting, for instance, are able to keep plenty of web hosting servers and as a result, they may afford to offer much more powerful web hosting packages. Of course, that influences the pricing of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a webspace hosting account, however, does not necessarily denote that this package has a better quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the real service which you're getting. The top site hosting companies that have been around for a long time are presenting their prices and package specifications in an objective manner, so that the customer may familiar with what exactly he is receiving. Also, some of these offer a free bonus with the site hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of complimentary website themes that are provided by 'Exclusive Hosting'. Such webspace hosting firms do care about their reputation and that's why if you pick them, you can be confident that you won't get tricked into paying for a package that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I anticipate from a shared website hosting solution?

The shared website hosting solution is best for persons who wish to host a basic web site, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared web hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business grows bigger, your web portal will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich webspace hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (aka a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when picking a website hosting distributor, you should also think about how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up transferring your domain name manually to a different vendor, which can create web site predicaments and even continuous downtime for your web site. Therefore, selecting a site hosting distributor such as 'Exclusive Hosting', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will save you lots of difficulties in the long run.