A definition of website hosting
The most basic and popularly utilized type of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It represents a way to host your web site without having to understand much about programming and administering a web server. In addition to that, it's also the cheapest form of webspace hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?
What is shared hosting?
As the name suggests, the shared web space hosting service is a form of service where multiple users share the reserves of one and the same server. This goes to say that all hosting server constituents such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network interface cards etc. are apportioned among the clients whose accounts are on that same hosting server. This is mainly rendered viable by setting up different accounts for the separate users and imposing certain limitations and usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are set so as to restrain the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the hosting server from overburdening. Typically, shared webspace hosting clients do not have full root access to the web hosting server's config files, which principally signifies that they cannot access anything else on the server beside their own shared web hosting account. The site hosting resources that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting distributor that possesses the hosting server and by the particular webspace hosting package. That leads up to the second important question:
How are the shared hosting servers split among the customers?
Hosting suppliers that distribute shared web space hosting accounts normally have various web hosting plans. Those plans involve diverse quotas of hosting resources and specs, which actually determine the restrictions that a web hosting package will have. The customer may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The web site hosting package will then define what restrictions the client's account will include, once created. The prices and the features of the website hosting packages are chosen by the particular web hosting distributor. Based on the policy of the firm, the shared hosting solution falls into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the classic shared solution, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" companies as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to state, which one is better, since they are very different from each other and they really depend on the business policy of the specific provider and, of course, the requirements of the given user.
What is the contrast between the free and the popular shared web hosting solution?
Of course, the principal difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the quantity of resources that they contain. Free site hosting providers are not capable of keeping a huge amount of web hosting servers, therefore, they merely accommodate more users on a single server by lowering the amount of resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the web servers are supervised and handled appropriately, because the enormous amount of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash time and time again. The majority of the free hosting distributors, though, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's very tough to find a free web hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting corporations commonly offer free client support even to the free site hosting users, because they want their web sites to grow so that they subsequently move to a paid webspace hosting account, which offers more hosting features. One such provider, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free website hosting vendors in the world.
At the same time, established shared web hosting companies such as The Sales Builder, for instance, may afford to keep multiple web hosting servers and hence, they may afford to offer much more powerful site hosting plans. Of course, that affects the pricing of the web site hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web space hosting service, however, does not necessarily signify that this service has a finer quality. The most optimal services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the real service which you're receiving. The top-notch web hosting companies that have been around for quite some time are listing their price tags and package configurations in an objective fashion, so that the client may acquainted with what indeed he is getting. Additionally, some of these provide a free extra with the website hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of free-of-charge layouts that are provided by 'The Sales Builder'. Such webspace hosting firms do care about their good name and this is the reason why if you select them, you can be confident that you won't get hoaxed into paying for a service that you cannot actually make use of.
What should I expect from a shared hosting solution?
The shared website hosting service is best for persons who wish to host an average web portal, which is going to use a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared web space hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business grows bigger, your website will become more and more demanding. Hence, you will have to eventually move to a more feature-rich hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a site hosting distributor, you should also reflect 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 cause site troubles and even prolonged downtime for your web portal. Hence, selecting a website hosting company such as 'The Sales Builder', which can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow, is essential and will spare you lots of annoyances in the long run.