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What Indeed is Shared Hosting?

The most basic and regularly used form of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It represents a means to host your site without having to understand much about programming and administering a web hosting server. Besides, it's also the most inexpensive type of web hosting and it's indeed affordable for everybody. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared hosting service is a kind of service where plenty of customers share the system resources of the same hosting server. This signifies that all server constituents such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are shared among the users whose accounts are on that very same web hosting server. This is normally rendered accomplishable by opening separate accounts for the separate customers and assigning given restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are allocated so as to restrain the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overloading. Normally, shared hosting clients do not have full root-level access to the server's configuration files, which primarily indicates that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server aside from their own personal web hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may resort to are set by the hosting distributor that possesses the web hosting server and by the particular website hosting package. That leads up to the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers split among the users?

Hosting corporations that distribute shared hosting packages typically have various web hosting packages. Those plans offer different quotas of website hosting features and specs, which actually set the limits that a web hosting package will have. The client may choose between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will fit him best. The hosting package will then determine what limitations the customer's account will involve, once created. The costs and the specifications of the website hosting packages are determined by the given hosting firm. Depending on the politics of the distributor, the shared hosting solution falls into two types - the free hosting solution and the typical shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" providers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to claim, which one is better, since they are very different from one another and they actually are determined by the marketing strategy of the particular corporation and, of course, the requirements of the given user.

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

Of course, the primary difference between the free and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they offer. Free website hosting suppliers are not able to keep a large amount of web servers, hence, they just accommodate more customers on one web hosting server by decreasing the quantity of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the web servers are supervised and handled appropriately, since the huge amount of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash repeatedly. The majority of the free web hosting corporations, though, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite difficult to discover a free of charge web hosting solution that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting corporations usually provide free customer support even to the free web hosting users, because they want their web portals to grow so that they subsequently migrate to a paid hosting package, which offers more web hosting resources. One such company, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and oldest free web hosting corporations worldwide.

At the same time, established shared hosting vendors such as us, may afford to maintain multiple web hosting servers and hence, we may afford to offer much more powerful hosting plans. Of course, that influences the cost of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a website hosting plan, though, does not automatically signify that this package has a better quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. Furthermore, we also give a free bonus with the website hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of free web skins. As a website hosting firm, we do look after our reputation and that's why if you go with us, you can be calm that you won't get hoaxed into paying for a solution that you cannot actually utilize.

What should I expect from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting service is best for individuals who wish to host a basic web page, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business enlarges, your web site will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more powerful website hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (also known as a private virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when picking a website hosting distributor, you should also consider scalability, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain manually to a separate distributor, which can bring about website troubles and even continued downtime for your web site. If you go with Step2Ray's Website Hosting as your website hosting vendor, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is vital and will spare you a lot of problems in the long run.

 

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