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An explanation of website hosting

The most basic and popularly availed of kind of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It constitutes a means to host your website without having to know much about programming and running a web server. Furthermore, it's also the cheapest type of web site hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. However, what is shared web page hosting?

What is shared website hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared web site hosting solution is a form of service where lots of customers share the resources of the same server. This goes to say that all web hosting server constituents like CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards etc. are distributed among the clients whose accounts are on that same server. This is normally rendered viable by creating separate accounts for the separate clients and setting certain restrictions and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are set in order to hinder the clients from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overburdening. Typically, shared webspace hosting users do not have full root access to the hosting server's config files, which basically indicates that they do not have access to anything else on the server aside from their very own website hosting account. The web space hosting resources that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting company that owns the hosting server and by the given site hosting package. That predetermines the second important question:

How are the shared hosting servers split among the customers?

Web hosting corporations that provide shared web site hosting accounts normally have diverse site hosting plans. Those packages involve different amounts of hosting features and specifications, which in fact set the limits that a web space hosting account will include. The client may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will befit him best. The hosting package will then define what restrictions the user's account will have, once created. The prices and the features of the web hosting plans are defined by the very web hosting corporation. Depending on the politics of the corporation, the shared web page hosting service falls into 2 groups - the free hosting service and the standard shared service, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" corporations as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to judge, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from one another and they actually are dependent on the marketing tactics of the particular distributor and, of course, the demands of the specific customer.

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

Of course, the chief difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of features that they offer. Free hosting vendors are not able to keep an immense number of web hosting servers, therefore, they just accommodate more customers on a single web server by decreasing the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the web servers are kept under surveillance and handled properly, because the big number of accounts may make the hosting server crash time and time again. The majority of the free webspace hosting firms, though, neglect the quality of the service and therefore, it's very hard to find a free web space hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting vendors normally offer free technical support even to the free webspace hosting customers, because they want their web pages to get bigger so that they eventually upgrade to a paid hosting plan, which includes more webspace hosting features. Such supplier, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free webspace hosting corporations worldwide.

At the same time, established shared web hosting vendors like NTC Hosting, for example, are able to keep lots of web hosting servers and hence, they may afford to provide much more feature-rich web space hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web site hosting service, though, does not necessarily mean that this account has a better quality. The most optimal services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that matches the real service which you're receiving. The top-notch site hosting suppliers that have been around for quite a while are listing their price tags and plan specs in a realistic way, so that the customer may acquainted with what indeed he is receiving. Besides, some of them offer a free bonus with the website hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of charge-free web page skins that are supplied by 'NTC Hosting'. Such web space hosting vendors do worry about their good name and this is the reason why if you select them, you can be assured that you won't get deluded into paying for a plan that you cannot actually utilize.

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

The shared hosting solution is best for individuals who wish to host a standard web portal, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business expands, your site will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful website hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (aka a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when choosing a website hosting vendor, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up moving your domain name manually to a separate supplier, which can create web site complications and even continuous downtime for your site. Therefore, picking a website hosting company such as 'NTC Hosting', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is essential and will save you lots of predicaments in the future.