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A definition of web hosting

The most primary and commonly utilized variety of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It constitutes a means to host your site without having to know much about programming and operating a web server. In addition, it's also the most inexpensive form of webspace hosting and it's very affordable for everybody. Nevertheless, what is shared web hosting?

What is shared site hosting?

As the name signifies, the shared web page hosting service is a sort of service where a lot of users share the resources of one and the same server. This goes to say that all web hosting server elements such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards etc. are divided among the clients whose accounts are on that same server. This is normally rendered accomplishable by opening separate accounts for the different clients and appointing specific limits and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are appointed in order to hinder the customers from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overloading. Typically, shared web hosting clients do not have root access to the hosting server's config files, which basically goes to say that they do not have access to anything else on the web hosting server but their very own hosting account. The webspace hosting resources that each account may avail of are determined by the hosting distributor that owns the web hosting server and by the particular website hosting package. That predetermines the second vital question:

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

Hosting vendors that furnish shared hosting plans normally have various web space hosting plans. Those packages involve different amounts of website hosting features and specifications, which in fact set the limits that a web space hosting plan will have. The client may select between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The web space hosting package will then define what restrictions the client's account will involve, once created. The prices and the features of the web space hosting plans are chosen by the actual web hosting company. Based on the policy of the distributor, the shared web page hosting solution falls into 2 types - the free hosting service and the normal shared service, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" merchandisers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to claim, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they indeed depend on the business tactics of the given firm and, of course, the needs of the particular client.

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

Of course, the principal difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they provide. Free web site hosting vendors are not capable of keeping a big number of hosting servers, hence, they simply host more clients on one server by decreasing the quantity of resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the web hosting servers are supervised and dealt with appropriately, because the large number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash over and over again. The majority of the free hosting firms, though, overlook the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite hard to find a free site hosting solution that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting distributors normally provide free client support even to the free site hosting customers, because they want their websites to expand so that they subsequently migrate to a paid web space hosting account, which includes more hosting features. Such provider, for example, is, which is among the biggest and eldest free web space hosting corporations worldwide.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting distributors such as Serve Direct, for instance, may afford to keep a lot of hosting servers and so, they may afford to provide much more feature-rich web site hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the webspace hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a webspace hosting plan, however, does not automatically signify that this solution has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're getting. The top-notch web site hosting firms that have been around for a long time are presenting their price tags and plan features in an objective fashion, so that the customer may know what exactly he is obtaining. Besides, some of these give a free extra with the site hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of fee-free web skins that are supplied by 'Serve Direct'. Such web space hosting vendors do worry about their good name and that is the reason why if you pick them, you can rest calm that you won't get duped into purchasing a plan that you cannot in fact utilize.

What should I anticipate from a shared hosting service?

The shared web site hosting solution is best for persons who would like to host a basic site, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared web space hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business enlarges, your web portal will become more and more demanding. Hence, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more feature-rich webspace hosting service like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a private virtual hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when picking a website hosting distributor, you should also think about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up moving your domain name manually to a separate company, which can bring about web site complications and even continuous downtime for your site. Therefore, selecting a website hosting provider such as 'Serve Direct', which can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is vital and will spare you lots of troubles in the long run.