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What In Fact is Shared Website Hosting?

The most basic and popularly used type of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It constitutes a way to host your site without having to know much about programming and administrating a web server. Moreover, it's also the cheapest form of web hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. However, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

Starter
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
$3.91 / month
Deluxe
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
3 websites hosted
$4.31 / month
 

As the name hints, the shared hosting service is a kind of service where lots of customers share the reserves of the same hosting server. This denotes that all server elements such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network cards etc. are apportioned among the clients whose accounts are on that very same web hosting server. This is typically rendered feasible by opening different accounts for the separate users and applying specific limits and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are allocated so as to hinder the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overburdening. Usually, shared hosting clients do not have full root access to the web hosting server's configuration files, which primarily indicates that they do not have access to anything else on the server aside from their very own hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may utilize are fixed by the web hosting firm that possesses the server and by the particular website hosting package. That causes the second essential question:

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

Hosting firms that provide shared hosting solutions usually have different website hosting plans. Those packages involve different amounts of web hosting features and specifications, which in fact fix the limitations that a website hosting package will include. The client may choose between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what limitations the user's account will have, once set up. The prices and the features of the website hosting packages are determined by the actual hosting vendor. Depending on the policy of the supplier, the shared hosting service can be divided into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the normal shared service, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" firms as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to declare, which one is better, since they are very different from one another and they indeed depend on the business tactics of the particular distributor and, of course, the needs of the given user.

What is the distinction between the free of cost and the popular shared hosting service?

Of course, the principal difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of features that they contain. Free website hosting providers are not able to maintain an immense amount of web hosting servers, therefore, they simply host more users on one web hosting server by lowering the quantity of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the web hosting servers are monitored and maintained properly, since the great amount of accounts may make the server crash again and again. Most of the free web hosting corporations, though, overlook the quality of the service and hence, it's quite tough to come across a free hosting solution that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting firms usually offer free customer support even to the free website hosting clients, because they want their sites to grow bigger so that they subsequently migrate to a paid website hosting account, which includes more website hosting features. Such distributor, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and oldest free hosting firms worldwide.

At the same time, traditional shared hosting firms like us, are able to maintain lots of servers and as a result, we are able to offer much more feature-rich web hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a hosting account, though, does not necessarily mean that this account has a finer quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that matches the actual service which you're getting. Also, we also offer a free extra with the web hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of free site themes. As a web hosting distributor, we do look after our reputation and that's why if you choose us, you can rest assured that you won't get hoaxed into purchasing an account that you cannot actually use.

What should I expect from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting service is best for individuals who wish to host a normal site, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business enlarges, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to ultimately move to a more powerful website hosting solution like a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (also known as a virtual private web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when choosing a hosting provider, you should also think about scalability, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain manually to a different vendor, which can cause website predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your web page. If you pick 4CEE Web Hosting as your website hosting company, you can rest safe that we can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will save you a lot of predicaments in the future.