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What Precisely is Shared Hosting?

The most archetypal and widely utilized form of web hosting is the shared hosting solution. It represents a means to host your web portal without having to be much informed about programming and administering a web hosting server. In addition to that, it's also the cheapest type of web hosting and it's indeed affordable for everybody. However, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name hints, the shared hosting service is a type of service where plenty of customers share the system reserves of one and the same server. This means that all server components such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are shared among the users whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is typically made possible by creating separate accounts for the separate customers and fixing given limits and quotas for each of them. Those limits are allocated in order to hinder the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overburdening. Typically, shared hosting customers do not have root-level access to the server's config files, which primarily suggests that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server aside from their own personal hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may use are fixed by the web hosting provider that possesses the server and by the respective website hosting package. That necessitates the second important question:

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

Hosting distributors that offer shared hosting accounts usually have various website hosting plans. Those packages involve diverse amounts of website hosting features and specs, which actually determine the restrictions that a web hosting account will include. The customer may select between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The website hosting plan will then determine what limitations the client's account will involve, once set up. The prices and the features of the web hosting packages are set by the given hosting provider. Depending on the policy of the corporation, the shared hosting service falls into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the common shared service, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to claim, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from each other and they actually depend on the business strategy of the particular supplier and, of course, the requirements of the given customer.

What is the contrast between the free and the classic shared hosting solution?

Of course, the principal difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the quantity of resources that they involve. Free web hosting companies are not capable of keeping a large amount of servers, hence, they simply accommodate more clients on one server by lowering the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the servers are kept under surveillance and administered appropriately, since the large number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash frequently. Most of the free hosting firms, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's very hard to come across a free web hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting providers usually provide free customer support even to the free hosting users, since they want their web sites to grow bigger so that they subsequently move to a paid website hosting package, which includes more web hosting resources. One such firm, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free website hosting vendors worldwide.

At the same time, established shared hosting distributors such as us, may afford to keep many hosting servers and as a result, we may afford to offer much more feature-rich website hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web hosting account, however, does not necessarily mean that this solution has a better quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're getting. Also, we also provide a free extra with the web hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of charge-free web skins. As a website hosting companie, we do look after our reputation and that is the reason why if you choose us, you can be certain that you won't get beguiled into paying for a plan that you cannot in fact use.

What should I expect from a shared hosting service?

The shared hosting service is best for individuals who would like to host an average site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows, your web site will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more powerful hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a private virtual server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when picking a web hosting provider, you should also reflect about scalability, otherwise you might end up moving your domain manually to a separate distributor, which can create site complications and even continuous downtime for your website. If you go with 8vias as your web hosting company, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is crucial and will spare you a lot of difficulties in the long run.