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An explanation of website hosting

The most elemental and popularly used type of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It's a way to host your website without having to be much informed about programming and administrating a hosting server. Furthermore, it's also the most economical type of hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Nonetheless, what is shared webspace hosting?

What is shared website hosting?

As the name signifies, the shared site hosting solution is a kind of service where plenty of customers share the system resources of the same hosting server. This denotes that all web server elements like CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are shared among the customers whose accounts are on that same web server. This is usually made viable by creating separate accounts for the different customers and allocating some restrictions and usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are allocated in order to restrain the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overloading. Normally, shared web hosting customers do not have complete root-level access to the hosting server's config files, which principally signifies that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server but their own shared web hosting account. The web site hosting features that each account may avail of are fixed by the web hosting distributor that owns the hosting server and by the particular web site hosting plan. That brings on the second important question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the clients?

Hosting providers that distribute shared website hosting accounts normally have different web hosting packages. Those plans offer diverse quotas of webspace hosting features and specifications, which in fact set the limitations that a webspace hosting account will include. The customer may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will befit him best. The web hosting plan will then define what restrictions the client's account will involve, once set up. The prices and the specs of the site hosting packages are determined by the given web hosting company. Depending on the politics of the distributor, the shared webspace hosting service falls into two categories - the free hosting solution and the regular shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" corporations as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to announce, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they indeed are determined by the marketing tactics of the particular distributor and, of course, the needs of the particular user.

What is the contrast between the free and the classic shared web page hosting service?

Of course, the principal difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they contain. Free website hosting vendors are not capable of maintaining a huge amount of hosting servers, therefore, they simply host more customers on a single web server by reducing the quantity of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the web hosting servers are kept under surveillance and dealt with properly, because the large number of accounts may make the web hosting server crash frequently. The majority of the free web site hosting vendors, though, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite tough to discover a free web hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting vendors normally provide free client support even to the free web site hosting users, because they want their sites to get bigger so that they subsequently move to a paid website hosting account, which includes more site hosting features. Such distributor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free site hosting providers in the world.

At the same time, traditional shared web hosting distributors like Cowles Hosting, for instance, are able to keep many hosting servers and hence, they may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that affects the cost of the web site hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a web site hosting package, however, does not necessarily signify that this plan has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that matches the actual service which you're obtaining. The top web space hosting companies that have been around for a long time are displaying their price tags and plan specs in a realistic way, so that the client may acquainted with what exactly he is obtaining. Besides, some of these give a free extra with the website hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of free-of-charge web design skins that are supplied by 'Cowles Hosting'. Such web hosting providers do worry about their good name and this is the reason why if you select them, you can rest calm that you won't get duped into buying a solution that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I expect from a shared webspace hosting service?

The shared site hosting solution is best for persons who wish to host a normal web site, which is going to consume a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared web hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business grows bigger, your site will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful web site hosting solution like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a virtual private web server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when selecting a hosting distributor, you should also think about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain name manually to a separate provider, which can cause web site predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your web page. Therefore, choosing a hosting supplier like 'Cowles Hosting', which can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is crucial and will spare you a lot of difficulties in the long run.