Explanation of Shared Web Hosting

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The most archetypal and frequently availed of kind of web hosting is the web hosting service. It represents a way to host your site without having to understand much about programming and handling a server. Additionally, it's also the cheapest type of web hosting and it's in fact affordable for everybody. Still, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

As the name suggests, the web hosting service is a type of service where many customers share the system resources of the same web hosting server. This means that all server components such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, NICs etc. are distributed among the customers whose accounts are on that very same hosting server. This is typically rendered achievable by setting up different accounts for the separate clients and appointing specific restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are set so as to restrain the clients from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the hosting server from overloading. Usually, web hosting customers do not have complete root-level access to the hosting server's configuration files, which essentially means that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server apart from their own hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may utilize are fixed by the hosting company that possesses the web server and by the respective web hosting package. That brings on the second vital question:

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

Hosting corporations that provide web hosting accounts normally have various web hosting plans. Those packages include diverse amounts of website hosting features and specifications, which actually define the restrictions that a website hosting package will have. The customer may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The web hosting package will then define what limitations the client's account will involve, once set up. The costs and the specifications of the web hosting packages are set by the very hosting supplier. Based on the politics of the vendor, the web hosting solution falls into two types - the free hosting solution and the typical shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" corporations as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to declare, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they actually are subject to the business tactics of the given supplier and, of course, the requirements of the given customer.

What is the distinction between the free of charge and the regular web hosting solution?

Of course, the primary difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they provide. Free web hosting corporations are not capable of maintaining a huge amount of web hosting servers, therefore, they just host more customers on a single web hosting server by decreasing the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only on condition that the hosting servers are kept under surveillance and administered appropriately, because the large amount of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash again and again. The majority of the free web hosting companies, though, overlook the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite hard to stumble upon a free web hosting service that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting distributors typically provide free customer support even to the free hosting customers, since they want their web sites to grow bigger so that they eventually migrate to a paid web hosting package, which includes more website hosting resources. One such supplier, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free web hosting suppliers in the world.

At the same time, traditional web hosting suppliers such as us, may afford to keep multiple web hosting servers and therefore, we may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a web hosting package, however, does not necessarily mean that this solution has a better quality. The most optimal services are the balanced ones, which involve a price that matches the real service which you're obtaining. Moreover, we also give a free extra with the website hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of cost-free web site skins. As a web hosting corporation, we do worry about our reputation and this is the reason why if you select us, you can rest confident that you won't get hoaxed into purchasing a solution that you cannot actually use.

What should I expect from a web hosting service?

The web hosting solution is best for those who would like to host a basic site, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a web hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business gets bigger, your website will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful website hosting service such as a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting company, you should also reflect about scalability, or else you might end up relocating your domain manually to a separate company, which can bring about web site problems and even extended downtime for your web site. If you go with MyGreatHost as your website hosting distributor, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is essential and will spare you lots of frustrations in the long run.

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