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An explanation of web page hosting

The most archetypal and universally used sort of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It constitutes a means to host your site without having to know much about programming and handling a hosting server. Moreover, it's also the most inexpensive form of web page hosting and it's very affordable for everybody. Nonetheless, what is shared website hosting?

What is shared website hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared webspace hosting service is a type of service where a lot of clients share the system resources of one and the same hosting server. This implies that all web hosting server components like CPU, hard disks, RAM, NICs and so on, are apportioned among the users whose accounts are on that same web server. This is mainly rendered feasible by setting up different accounts for the separate customers and assigning some limits and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are fixed so as to prevent the users from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overburdening. Normally, shared webspace hosting users do not have complete root access to the server's config files, which principally goes to say that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server but their own personal shared web hosting account. The site hosting features that each account may avail of are set by the hosting supplier that owns the web server and by the given web hosting plan. That brings about the second essential question:

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

Hosting suppliers that furnish shared webspace hosting accounts usually have various hosting plans. Those packages provide diverse amounts of site hosting features and specs, which in fact determine the limits that a web space hosting account will include. The customer may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The web site hosting plan will then define what limits the client's account will include, once created. The prices and the specifications of the website hosting plans are determined by the particular hosting supplier. Based on the policy of the supplier, the shared site hosting service falls into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the standard shared solution, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" suppliers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to claim, which one is better, since they are very different from each other and they actually depend on the marketing tactics of the specific corporation and, of course, the demands of the particular customer.

What is the difference between the free and the typical shared webspace hosting service?

Of course, the primary difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they involve. Free webspace hosting corporations are not capable of keeping an enormous number of web hosting servers, therefore, they plainly accommodate more customers on one single server by lowering the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only if the hosting servers are kept under surveillance and handled properly, since the huge amount of accounts may cause the server to crash repeatedly. Most of the free web site hosting vendors, though, neglect the quality of the service and as a result, it's very difficult to find a free of cost web hosting solution that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting companies usually offer free client support even to the free hosting clients, because they want their sites to grow so that they eventually migrate to a paid web hosting account, which includes more web space hosting resources. Such provider, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and eldest free site hosting corporations worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting suppliers like AIDA Host, for example, may afford to maintain multiple hosting servers and hence, they may afford to provide much more powerful web space hosting plans. Of course, that influences the pricing of the web space hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web space hosting service, however, does not necessarily denote that this package has a better quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the concrete service which you're obtaining. The top-notch site hosting firms that have been around for quite some time are exhibiting their prices and plan specifications in an objective fashion, so that the client may familiar with what in fact he is receiving. What's more, some of these provide a free extra with the web site hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of cost-free web page themes that are supplied by 'AIDA Host'. Such webspace hosting companies do worry about their reputation and that is the reason why if you pick them, you can be assured that you won't get fooled into paying for a package that you cannot in fact utilize.

What should I expect from a shared website hosting service?

The shared web site hosting solution is best for people who would like to host a normal website, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared web page hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows bigger, your website will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more powerful webspace hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (aka a virtual server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a web hosting company, you should also ponder about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up migrating your domain name manually to a separate supplier, which can create site problems and even extended downtime for your web site. Therefore, going with a website hosting company such as 'AIDA Host', which can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is essential and will spare you lots of nuisances in the future.