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A definition of hosting

The most principal and widely availed of type of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It represents a way to host your web page without having to know much about programming and administrating a web hosting server. Furthermore, it's also the cheapest type of web space hosting and it's quite affordable for everyone. Nonetheless, what is shared web space hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name denotes, the shared site hosting service is a type of service where plenty of clients share the system resources of the same web hosting server. This indicates that all web server elements such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, NICs etc. are apportioned among the customers whose accounts are on that same server. This is mainly made possible by setting up different accounts for the different customers and setting some restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those limits are assigned so as to restrain the clients from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overloading. Typically, shared webspace hosting clients do not have root-level access to the hosting server's config files, which primarily implies that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server but their own personal shared web hosting account. The web site hosting features that each account may utilize are determined by the hosting corporation that possesses the web hosting server and by the given web hosting package. That causes the second vital question:

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

Web hosting distributors that furnish shared webspace hosting accounts normally have diverse hosting packages. Those packages include diverse amounts of webspace hosting features and specs, which actually set the limitations that a site hosting account will include. The user may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The hosting plan will then define what restrictions the customer's account will have, once opened. The costs and the specs of the site hosting packages are determined by the actual hosting supplier. Depending on the politics of the provider, the shared webspace hosting solution falls into two categories - the free hosting solution and the normal shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" firms 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 subject to the business tactics of the particular firm and, of course, the needs of the given client.

What is the contrast between the free and the regular shared web space hosting solution?

Of course, the principal difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the quantity of resources that they provide. Free website hosting distributors are not capable of maintaining a large number of web hosting servers, therefore, they merely host more users on one web server by reducing the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the web hosting servers are supervised and dealt with properly, because the enormous amount of accounts may causer the web server to crash over and over again. Most of the free hosting companies, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's very hard to stumble upon a free of cost website hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting firms usually offer free client support even to the free web site hosting clients, since they want their sites to grow so that they subsequently move to a paid web site hosting package, which offers more site hosting resources. Such vendor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free website hosting providers in the world.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting distributors like Holmes Hosting, for instance, are able to maintain a lot of web servers and so, they may afford to provide much more powerful webspace hosting packages. Of course, that influences the cost of the hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a web site hosting solution, however, does not necessarily denote that this service has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're getting. The top-notch webspace hosting corporations that have been around for quite a while are listing their prices and plan specifications in an objective fashion, so that the client may acquainted with what in fact he is obtaining. Also, some of them offer a free bonus with the website hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of charge-free web site layouts that are supplied by 'Holmes Hosting'. Such webspace hosting corporations do look after their reputation and that's why if you choose them, you can be confident that you won't get hoaxed into purchasing a plan that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I expect from a shared web page hosting solution?

The shared hosting service is best for individuals who wish to host an average web portal, which is going to consume a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared webspace hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business grows bigger, your site will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful webspace hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (aka a private virtual server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when selecting a website hosting company, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up moving your domain name manually to a separate provider, which can cause web site problems and even continuous downtime for your website. So, selecting a website hosting company like 'Holmes Hosting', which can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow, is essential and will spare you a lot of predicaments in the future.