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An explanation of web site hosting

The most standard and frequently availed of type of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It's a way to host your web page without having to be much informed about programming and administrating a web hosting server. In addition to that, it's also the cheapest type of webspace hosting and it's in fact affordable for everyone. However, what is shared website hosting?

What is shared site hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared site hosting service is a kind of service where plenty of customers share the resources of the same web hosting server. This signifies that all server elements like CPU, hard drives, RAM, network interface cards etc. are distributed among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is typically made achievable by setting up separate accounts for the different clients and imposing some limits and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are applied so as to hinder the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overloading. Normally, shared hosting clients do not have root-level access to the hosting server's config files, which principally goes to say that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server aside from their very own shared hosting account. The web page hosting features that each account may utilize are set by the web hosting vendor that possesses the web hosting server and by the respective web space hosting plan. That causes the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the users?

Hosting vendors that supply shared hosting services normally have various web space hosting plans. Those plans involve diverse amounts of site hosting features and specifications, which actually set the limits that a webspace hosting account will have. The user may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The web hosting plan will then determine what restrictions the client's account will include, once created. The costs and the specifications of the website hosting packages are set by the particular hosting company. Based on the policy of the supplier, the shared web page hosting service falls into two groups - the free hosting service and the classic shared service, currently very popular 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 each other and they really depend on the marketing tactics of the given distributor and, of course, the demands of the given user.

What is the difference between the free and the classic shared web hosting solution?

Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of features that they provide. Free website hosting providers are not capable of maintaining an immense number of web servers, therefore, they plainly host more clients on a single web hosting server by lowering the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only if the servers are kept under surveillance and maintained properly, because the huge amount of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash on a regular basis. The majority of the free site hosting providers, however, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's very tough to come across a free web site hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting providers commonly provide free technical support even to the free hosting customers, because they want their web sites to get bigger so that they subsequently migrate to a paid web site hosting package, which offers more webspace hosting resources. One such provider, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and oldest free web space hosting companies in the world.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting suppliers like Arcos Host, for instance, may afford to maintain numerous hosting servers and therefore, they are able to provide much more feature-rich hosting plans. Of course, that affects the cost of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting service, however, does not automatically signify that this package has a finer quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that corresponds to the concrete service which you're receiving. The top-notch hosting corporations that have been around for quite some time are presenting their price tags and package features in an objective way, so that the client may familiar with what in fact he is getting. In addition, some of these offer a free bonus with the webspace hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of charge-free website layouts that are supplied by 'Arcos Host'. Such web space hosting firms do worry about their reputation and that's why if you pick them, you can be confident that you won't get duped into purchasing a service that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I expect from a shared website hosting service?

The shared web space hosting service is best for people who desire to host a standard web portal, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared web hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business develops, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to eventually move to a more powerful webspace hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a private virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a web site 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 supplier, which can bring about web site predicaments and even continued downtime for your site. Hence, selecting a web site hosting provider like 'Arcos Host', which can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will save you a lot of difficulties in the future.