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A definition of website hosting

The most standard and commonly used type of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It represents a way to host your web page without having to know much about programming and administrating a web server. In addition, it's also the cheapest type of web space hosting and it's very affordable for everybody. However, what is shared webspace hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name suggests, the shared web site hosting service is a form of service where numerous users share the reserves of one and the same server. This signifies that all server ingredients like CPU, hard disks, RAM, NICs etc. are split among the clients whose accounts are on that same server. This is typically made accomplishable by creating different accounts for the different users and applying certain restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are set in order to restrain the clients from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overburdening. Normally, shared webspace hosting clients do not have complete root-level access to the web hosting server's configuration files, which basically indicates that they do not have access to anything else on the web server apart from their very own shared hosting account. The web site hosting features that each account may utilize are determined by the hosting corporation that possesses the web server and by the particular web site hosting plan. That gives rise to the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers split among the customers?

Hosting distributors that provide shared web page hosting packages normally have diverse web space hosting packages. Those plans offer diverse quotas of website hosting resources and specs, which in fact fix the limits that a site hosting plan will have. The user may choose between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The webspace hosting package will then define what restrictions the user's account will include, once set up. The costs and the features of the website hosting packages are fixed by the given hosting company. Depending on the policy of the company, the shared site hosting solution can be divided into two categories - the free hosting service and the standard shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" retailers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to assert, which one is better, since they are quite different from one another and they indeed depend on the marketing strategy of the specific distributor and, of course, the requirements of the specific customer.

What is the contrast between the free of charge and the normal shared web space hosting solution?

Of course, the principal difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the quantity of resources that they offer. Free webspace hosting companies are not capable of maintaining a large amount of servers, hence, they simply accommodate more customers on one single server by decreasing the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the hosting servers are monitored and maintained properly, because the immense number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash over and over again. The majority of the free website hosting firms, however, ignore the quality of the service and hence, it's quite difficult to find a free web site hosting solution that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting distributors normally provide free customer support even to the free site hosting customers, since they want their websites to get bigger so that they eventually migrate to a paid website hosting account, which offers more website hosting features. One such company, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free web space hosting providers worldwide.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting distributors like GrandGraphics, for instance, are able to maintain lots of web hosting servers and therefore, they may afford to provide much more powerful web hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the web site hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a web space hosting plan, however, does not necessarily denote that this plan has a finer quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the real service which you're receiving. The best webspace hosting firms that have been around for quite a while are showing their price tags and plan features in an objective way, so that the customer may know what exactly he is receiving. Also, some of these offer a free bonus with the hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of charge-free templates that are provided by 'GrandGraphics'. Such web space hosting vendors do care about their reputation and that is the reason why if you choose them, you can be calm that you won't get beguiled into paying for a plan that you cannot in fact avail of.

What should I expect from a shared web site hosting service?

The shared hosting solution is best for those who want to host a standard site, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared site hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business expands, your web site will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more powerful web site hosting service like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when picking a web hosting distributor, you should also think about how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up moving your domain name manually to a separate company, which can create web site complications and even continuous downtime for your website. Hence, selecting a site hosting provider like 'GrandGraphics', which can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will spare you lots of annoyances in the long run.