A description of site hosting
The most elemental and popularly utilized kind of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It represents a means to host your web portal without having to be much informed about programming and handling a web hosting server. Besides, it's also the cheapest type of site hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. Nevertheless, what is shared webspace hosting?
What is shared web page hosting?
As the name denotes, the shared website hosting service is a type of service where multiple clients share the reserves of one and the same server. This means that all web hosting server elements such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards etc. are allocated among the clients whose accounts are on that same web server. This is usually rendered possible by creating separate accounts for the separate customers and appointing given limits and usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are allocated so as to restrain the users from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overloading. Typically, shared site hosting users do not have full root-level access to the server's configuration files, which primarily goes to say that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server apart from their own personal hosting account. The web site hosting features that each account may resort to are set by the hosting vendor that possesses the hosting server and by the particular web space hosting package. That leads up to the second important question:
How are the shared web hosting servers divided among the users?
Web hosting suppliers that offer shared site hosting services normally have different webspace hosting plans. Those plans include different quotas of hosting features and specs, which in fact determine the limits that a website hosting package will include. The client may choose between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The site hosting package will then define what limitations the customer's account will include, once opened. The costs and the specs of the website hosting plans are defined by the specific web hosting vendor. Depending on the policy of the supplier, the shared hosting solution can be divided into two types - the free hosting solution and the typical shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to state, which one is better, since they are very different from one another and they actually are dependent on the business policy of the given firm and, of course, the demands of the given customer.
What is the distinction between the free of charge and the standard shared web hosting service?
Of course, the primary difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the quantity of resources that they contain. Free webspace hosting providers are not able to keep a big amount of servers, therefore, they merely accommodate more customers on one hosting server by reducing the quantity of resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only if the web servers are supervised and handled properly, since the large amount of accounts may make the web server crash again and again. Most of the free website hosting firms, however, ignore the quality of the service and hence, it's very hard to discover a free site hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting firms typically provide free customer support even to the free site hosting clients, because they want their web pages to expand so that they subsequently move to a paid web space hosting package, which offers more website hosting features. Such supplier, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free site hosting providers in the world.
On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting corporations such as Host Mates, for example, may afford to maintain multiple web servers and hence, they are able to offer much more feature-rich web site hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the web site hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a hosting service, though, does not automatically denote that this solution has a better quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the concrete service which you're receiving. The top site hosting distributors that have been around for a long time are listing their price tags and plan configurations in a realistic way, so that the customer may acquainted with what exactly he is receiving. Furthermore, some of these offer a free extra with the website hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of complimentary website templates that are supplied by 'Host Mates'. Such site hosting distributors do look after their good name and that is the reason why if you choose them, you can be calm that you won't get deceived into buying a package that you cannot actually use.
What should I anticipate from a shared webspace hosting solution?
The shared site hosting service is best for those who are looking to host a basic web site, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared website hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business gets bigger, your website will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful web site hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a private virtual web server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when selecting a web space hosting supplier, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain name manually to a different provider, which can create site predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your web portal. So, going with a website hosting vendor such as 'Host Mates', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will save you lots of annoyances in the long run.