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What is Shared Web Hosting?

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The most basic and popularly availed of variety of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It's a way to host your website without having to be much informed about programming and administering a hosting server. Furthermore, it's also the most economical form of hosting and it's quite affordable for everybody. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared hosting service is a type of service where many customers share the resources of one and the same server. This implies that all web server elements like CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards etc. are apportioned among the users whose accounts are on that very same server. This is typically made tenable by setting up separate accounts for the different customers and setting given limitations and usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are fixed so as to prevent the clients from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overloading. Normally, shared hosting clients do not have complete root-level access to the web server's configuration files, which primarily means that they do not have access to anything else on the web server apart from their very own web hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may utilize are set by the hosting corporation that possesses the hosting server and by the respective website hosting plan. That brings about the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the customers?

Web hosting corporations that supply shared hosting packages normally have different website hosting plans. Those packages offer diverse quotas of web hosting features and specs, which in fact set the limitations that a web hosting account will have. The client may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will befit him best. The website hosting plan will then define what limitations the user's account will involve, once created. The prices and the specs of the hosting packages are fixed by the very hosting distributor. Depending on the politics of the provider, the shared hosting service can be divided into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the common shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" retailers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to claim, which one is better, since they are very different from one another and they actually are subject to the marketing strategy of the given company and, of course, the demands of the particular customer.

What is the difference between the free and the normal shared hosting service?

Of course, the primary difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the quantity of resources that they involve. Free website hosting corporations are not capable of keeping a big number of hosting servers, hence, they plainly accommodate more clients on one hosting server by decreasing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the web servers are supervised and administered properly, because the huge number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash on a regular basis. Most of the free website hosting vendors, however, overlook the quality of the service and hence, it's quite difficult to come across a free of cost website hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting corporations typically provide free customer support even to the free web hosting users, because they want their websites to expand so that they eventually move to a paid website hosting account, which includes more hosting resources. Such vendor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and eldest free website hosting corporations worldwide.

At the same time, traditional shared hosting suppliers like us, are able to keep many hosting servers and hence, we are able to offer much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a hosting service, though, does not necessarily imply that this plan has a better quality. The most optimal services are the balanced ones, which involve a price that matches the concrete service which you're getting. Moreover, we also offer a free bonus with the web hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of free-of-charge website layouts. As a hosting distributor, we do worry about our reputation and that's why if you pick us, you can rest certain that you won't get hoaxed into purchasing a package that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I anticipate from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting service is best for persons who would like to host a normal web page, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot expect, though, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows bigger, your web portal will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich website hosting solution like a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (a.k.a. a virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when choosing a website hosting distributor, you should also reflect about scalability, or else you might end up moving your domain manually to a separate distributor, which can cause site troubles and even extended downtime for your site. If you pick WardHost.com as your hosting company, you can rest safe that we can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will save you lots of inconveniences in the long run.

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