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An explanation of web hosting

The most elemental and widely used variety of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It's a means to host your site without having to know much about programming and operating a web server. In addition to that, it's also the cheapest form of webspace hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared web hosting solution is a sort of service where a lot of customers share the resources of one and the same hosting server. This indicates that all web hosting server ingredients such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are allocated among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is typically made viable by opening separate accounts for the different customers and fixing given restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are fixed so as to hinder the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overburdening. Normally, shared web site hosting users do not have complete root-level access to the hosting server's config files, which principally indicates that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server beside their very own shared web hosting account. The web site hosting resources that each account may resort to are fixed by the hosting provider that owns the server and by the particular web space hosting plan. That causes the second important question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the users?

Web hosting vendors that distribute shared website hosting solutions normally have diverse website hosting plans. Those packages offer diverse amounts of web space hosting resources and specifications, which actually define the limitations that a hosting plan will include. The client may select between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The site hosting package will then determine what limits the customer's account will involve, once set up. The costs and the features of the hosting packages are fixed by the given hosting firm. Based on the policy of the provider, the shared hosting solution can be divided into 2 types - the free hosting service and the regular shared solution, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" traders as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to declare, which one is better, since they are very different from one another and they really are subject to the marketing tactics of the given firm and, of course, the demands of the particular user.

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

Of course, the essential difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they offer. Free webspace hosting vendors are not able to maintain a huge amount of servers, hence, they merely host more customers on one single hosting server by lowering the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only on condition that the servers are supervised and dealt with appropriately, because the large amount of accounts may make the web hosting server crash again and again. The majority of the free web site hosting firms, though, ignore the quality of the service and hence, it's very hard to find a free of charge webspace hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting companies typically offer free technical support even to the free web site hosting customers, since they want their sites to expand so that they subsequently move to a paid web hosting plan, which offers more site hosting resources. One such supplier, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free web site hosting suppliers worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting providers like AIDA Host, for example, may afford to maintain a lot of web servers and so, they may afford to offer much more feature-rich web hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the web space hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a web site hosting service, though, does not automatically mean that this package has a finer quality. The most optimal services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're receiving. The best web space hosting companies that have been around for a long time are showing their price tags and package configurations in an objective way, so that the customer may know what in fact he is receiving. Additionally, some of these provide a free bonus with the hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of complimentary website skins that are furnished by 'AIDA Host'. Such hosting companies do worry about their reputation and that's why if you pick them, you can be confident that you won't get tricked into paying for an account that you cannot in fact make use of.

What should I anticipate from a shared web page hosting service?

The shared web hosting service is best for people who would like to host an average site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared web page hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business gets bigger, your web site will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more powerful web space hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (aka a virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when choosing a website hosting supplier, you should also ponder about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up moving your domain name manually to a separate supplier, which can bring about web site complications and even prolonged downtime for your web page. Therefore, choosing a site hosting distributor such as 'AIDA Host', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will spare you a lot of annoyances in the long run.