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What Precisely is Shared Hosting?

The most archetypal and regularly availed of type of web hosting is the web hosting service. It constitutes a way to host your website without having to be much informed about programming and managing a server. What's more, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's quite affordable for everybody. Still, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

As the name hints, the web hosting service is a type of service where numerous customers share the system resources of one and the same hosting server. This implies that all web hosting server constituents like CPU, hard disks, RAM, network cards etc. are allocated among the customers whose accounts are on that same web server. This is typically rendered accomplishable by creating different accounts for the different customers and fixing given limitations and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are appointed in order to prevent the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the hosting server from overburdening. Usually, web hosting clients do not have full root access to the hosting server's configuration files, which primarily signifies that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server but their own personal hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may resort to are fixed by the web hosting supplier that owns the web server and by the particular web hosting plan. That paves the way for the second vital question:

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

Hosting suppliers that furnish web hosting plans normally have diverse website hosting packages. Those packages offer diverse amounts of hosting resources and specifications, which in fact fix the limits that a web hosting package will have. The client may pick between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what limitations the customer's account will have, once set up. The costs and the specifications of the web hosting plans are defined by the specific web hosting vendor. Depending on the policy of the distributor, the web hosting service falls into two categories - the free hosting service and the common shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" companies as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to state, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from each other and they indeed are determined by the marketing strategy of the specific company and, of course, the needs of the given client.

What is the difference between the free and the popular web hosting service?

Of course, the main difference between the free of cost and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they include. Free hosting suppliers are not capable of maintaining a huge number of hosting servers, therefore, they just accommodate more users on a single server by reducing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the web hosting servers are supervised and maintained properly, because the huge amount of accounts may make the hosting server crash repeatedly. Most of the free web hosting companies, though, neglect the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite difficult to discover a free web hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting distributors usually provide free customer support even to the free website hosting users, since they want their websites to enlarge so that they subsequently move to a paid web hosting plan, which offers more web hosting resources. Such provider, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and eldest free web hosting corporations worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional web hosting vendors like us, may afford to keep many web servers and therefore, we may afford to provide much more feature-rich hosting packages. Of course, that influences the cost of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting service, though, does not automatically mean that this solution has a finer quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the real service which you're obtaining. Moreover, we also offer a free bonus with the web hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of fee-free website layouts. As a web hosting supplier, we do care about our reputation and this is the reason why if you choose us, you can rest calm that you won't get hoaxed into buying a service that you cannot actually use.

What should I anticipate from a web hosting service?

The web hosting service is best for persons who wish to host a basic web page, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a web hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows, your site will become more and more demanding. Hence, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more feature-rich web hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (aka a private virtual hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting supplier, you should also ponder about scalability, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain manually to a separate supplier, which can create website troubles and even extended downtime for your website. If you go with ShifaHost as your web hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will save you lots of complications in the future.