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What is Shared Web Hosting?

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The most archetypal and frequently used sort of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It represents a means to host your site without having to know much about programming and handling a server. Moreover, it's also the most economical form of web hosting and it's in fact affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name signifies, the shared hosting solution is a form of service where many customers share the system reserves of the same web hosting server. This goes to say that all hosting server ingredients such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, network cards etc. are divided among the users whose accounts are on that same server. This is typically rendered accomplishable by creating separate accounts for the separate clients and setting certain limits and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are fixed in order to prevent the clients from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the hosting server from overloading. Typically, shared hosting users do not have full root access to the server's config files, which basically indicates that they cannot access anything else on the web server but their very own web hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may resort to are fixed by the web hosting company that possesses the hosting server and by the given website hosting package. That entails the second important question:

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

Hosting providers that supply shared hosting plans commonly have diverse hosting packages. Those plans involve different amounts of website hosting resources and specifications, which in fact determine the limitations that a web hosting plan will include. The client may pick between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The website hosting package will then define what restrictions the customer's account will involve, once set up. The prices and the specifications of the website hosting plans are defined by the particular web hosting provider. Based on the politics of the provider, the shared hosting solution can be divided into two groups - the free hosting service and the standard shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" corporations as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to tell, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they indeed depend on the marketing policy of the given firm and, of course, the needs of the particular client.

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

Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they offer. Free hosting suppliers are not capable of keeping an enormous amount of servers, hence, they just accommodate more clients on a single web server by reducing the amount of resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the servers are kept under surveillance and maintained properly, because the great amount of accounts may causer the web server to crash time and time again. Most of the free hosting vendors, however, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite tough to come across a free website hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting companies typically offer free technical support even to the free hosting clients, since they want their sites to grow so that they subsequently migrate to a paid web hosting plan, which offers more website hosting resources. One such firm, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and eldest free hosting suppliers in the world.

At the same time, established shared hosting suppliers such as us, are able to keep plenty of servers and hence, we may afford to offer much more powerful web hosting plans. Of course, that influences the pricing of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting package, however, does not necessarily imply that this account has a better quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that matches the real service which you're getting. In addition, we also provide a free bonus with the web hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of charge-free website layouts. As a web hosting distributor, we do worry about our good name and that is the reason why if you pick us, you can rest calm that you won't get beguiled into purchasing a plan that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I expect from a shared hosting service?

The shared hosting service is best for persons who wish to host a basic site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows bigger, your website will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more feature-rich website hosting service such as a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (aka a virtual server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when selecting a website hosting company, you should also think about scalability, or else you might end up relocating your domain manually to a different company, which can create web site complications and even continuous downtime for your web site. If you choose Web Lakay as your website hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is crucial and will spare you lots of annoyances in the future.

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