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What is Shared Web Hosting?

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The most standard and frequently used form of web hosting is the shared hosting solution. It represents a way to host your web page without having to know much about programming and running a hosting server. Besides, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name signifies, the shared hosting solution is a form of service where many users share the reserves of one and the same hosting server. This goes to say that all web server constituents like CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are allotted among the customers whose accounts are on that same server. This is typically made attainable by opening separate accounts for the separate clients and applying some limitations and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are appointed so as to prevent the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the hosting server from overburdening. Typically, shared hosting clients do not have root-level access to the web hosting server's config files, which primarily suggests that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server aside from their own hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may avail of are fixed by the web hosting distributor that possesses the web hosting server and by the particular web hosting plan. That predetermines the second vital question:

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

Hosting firms that provide shared hosting services commonly have diverse hosting packages. Those packages contain different amounts of website hosting resources and specs, which in fact determine the limitations that a website hosting package will include. The customer may pick between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The hosting package will then determine what restrictions the customer's account will include, once opened. The costs and the specifications of the hosting packages are determined by the very web hosting corporation. Based on the policy of the provider, the shared hosting service falls into 2 types - the free hosting service and the popular shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" suppliers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to judge, which one is better, since they are quite different from one another and they actually are determined by the business policy of the particular provider and, of course, the needs of the specific client.

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

Of course, the principal difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they offer. Free website hosting vendors are not able to maintain an immense number of web hosting servers, therefore, they merely host more users on a single web server by lowering the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only if the web hosting servers are kept under surveillance and dealt with properly, because the enormous number of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash time and time again. Most of the free hosting suppliers, though, overlook the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite hard to stumble upon a free website hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting providers normally offer free customer support even to the free hosting users, since they want their web portals to enlarge so that they subsequently move to a paid website hosting plan, which includes more hosting resources. One such provider, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free website hosting companies in the world.

On the other hand, established shared hosting companies like us, are able to maintain lots of web hosting servers and so, we may afford to provide much more powerful web hosting packages. Of course, that affects the pricing of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a hosting package, however, does not automatically signify that this solution has a better quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that matches the concrete service which you're receiving. Additionally, we also offer a free extra with the web hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of free web site themes. As a web hosting supplier, we do care about our good name and this is the reason why if you go with us, you can rest certain that you won't get fooled into purchasing a plan that you cannot in fact use.

What should I expect from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting solution is best for persons who desire to host a basic website, which is going to use a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business enlarges, your web page 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 hosting, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a virtual private web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when picking a website hosting provider, you should also ponder about scalability, otherwise you might end up migrating your domain manually to a different vendor, which can bring about website predicaments and even extended downtime for your site. If you choose EmmanuelHost as your website hosting supplier, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is essential and will save you a lot of complications in the long run.

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