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What is Shared Hosting?

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The most basic and widely availed of form of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It's a means to host your website without having to know much about programming and operating a server. Furthermore, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's quite affordable for anybody. Nevertheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name hints, the shared hosting solution is a sort of service where a lot of customers share the resources of one and the same web hosting server. This indicates that all hosting server ingredients such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are divided among the customers whose accounts are on that very same server. This is typically made possible by opening separate accounts for the different customers and assigning some restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are assigned so as to restrain the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overloading. Normally, shared hosting customers do not have complete root access to the hosting server's config files, which basically indicates that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server aside from their own hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may resort to are fixed by the web hosting corporation that owns the web server and by the particular web hosting plan. That predetermines the second essential question:

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

Hosting corporations that offer shared hosting services commonly have various web hosting plans. Those packages offer different quotas of web hosting resources and specifications, which in fact fix the limits that a website hosting account will include. The customer may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will suit him best. The website hosting plan will then define what restrictions the customer's account will involve, once created. The costs and the features of the web hosting packages are fixed by the specific web hosting vendor. Depending on the policy of the firm, the shared hosting service can be divided into two groups - the free hosting service and the common shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" vendors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to assert, which one is better, since they are very different from one another and they actually are dependent on the marketing strategy of the specific vendor and, of course, the demands of the given customer.

What is the distinction between the free of cost and the typical shared hosting service?

Of course, the essential difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they provide. Free website hosting providers are not able to maintain a large number of web servers, therefore, they just host more clients on one single web server by reducing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the servers are kept under surveillance and tackled properly, since the immense number of accounts may make the server crash again and again. Most of the free website hosting firms, however, neglect the quality of the service and therefore, it's very tough to find a free of charge web hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting firms commonly offer free technical support even to the free website hosting customers, because they want their sites to enlarge so that they eventually move to a paid website hosting plan, which includes more website hosting features. Such company, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free website hosting vendors worldwide.

At the same time, established shared hosting vendors such as us, may afford to keep a lot of hosting servers and therefore, we are able to provide much more feature-rich web hosting plans. Of course, that influences the cost of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a hosting plan, though, does not automatically denote 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 obtaining. Furthermore, we also give a free extra with the web hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of complimentary web skins. As a website hosting provider, we do look after our good name and that's why if you go with us, you can rest certain that you won't get duped into buying a solution that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I expect from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting service is best for individuals who desire to host a basic web page, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business develops, your web site will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually move to a more powerful website hosting solution like a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (aka a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when picking a web hosting distributor, you should also ponder about scalability, or else you might end up transferring your domain manually to a separate company, which can bring about web site complications and even extended downtime for your web portal. If you select Ultimate Web Hosting Services as your web hosting distributor, you can rest safe that we can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will save you a lot of annoyances in the future.

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