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A definition of web hosting

The most standard and universally used form of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It constitutes a means to host your web page without having to be much informed about programming and operating a hosting server. In addition, it's also the cheapest form of hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. Still, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name signifies, the shared hosting service is a sort of service where many clients share the resources of one and the same web server. This means that all web server elements such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are shared among the users whose accounts are on that very same web hosting server. This is mostly made accomplishable by opening separate accounts for the different customers and imposing specific restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are allocated in order to hinder the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overburdening. Typically, shared web page hosting users do not have complete root access to the server's configuration files, which primarily implies that they do not have access to anything else on the web hosting server apart from their very own website hosting account. The site hosting resources that each account may avail of are set by the web hosting vendor that possesses the server and by the given site hosting plan. That paves the way for the second vital question:

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

Web hosting suppliers that provide shared web site hosting solutions commonly have various webspace hosting plans. Those packages contain diverse quotas of webspace hosting features and specifications, which actually fix the limits that a web space hosting account will include. The client may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The webspace hosting package will then define what restrictions the customer's account will involve, once set up. The prices and the features of the site hosting packages are specified by the particular web hosting corporation. Depending on the policy of the distributor, the shared web site hosting service can be divided into two types - the free hosting solution and the popular shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" retailers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to say, which one is better, since they are very different from each other and they indeed depend on the marketing strategy of the particular distributor and, of course, the requirements of the given customer.

What is the contrast between the free of cost and the common shared hosting service?

Of course, the principal difference between the free and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they involve. Free web space hosting distributors are not capable of maintaining a huge amount of web hosting servers, therefore, they just host more clients on a single web server by lowering the amount of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the servers are monitored and maintained appropriately, because the large number of accounts may make the hosting server crash over and over again. Most of the free site hosting companies, however, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's very tough to come across a free web space hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting distributors typically provide free customer support even to the free website hosting customers, because they want their web pages to expand so that they subsequently move to a paid web space hosting package, which offers more site hosting resources. Such vendor, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free web space hosting corporations in the world.

At the same time, established shared web hosting companies such as AIDA Host, for instance, are able to maintain multiple hosting servers and therefore, they are able to offer much more feature-rich web hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the webspace hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a web space hosting service, though, does not necessarily imply that this service has a finer quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. The top site hosting vendors that have been around for quite some time are exhibiting their price tags and package specifications in a realistic manner, so that the client may be aware of what indeed he is getting. Additionally, some of these give a free bonus with the web site hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of charge-free design themes that are supplied by 'AIDA Host'. Such hosting corporations do worry about their reputation and that's why if you choose them, you can rest assured that you won't get beguiled into buying a service that you cannot in fact use.

What should I expect from a shared site hosting solution?

The shared web hosting solution is best for those who desire to host a basic web site, which is going to consume a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared website hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows bigger, your web site will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more powerful web space hosting service like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when selecting a hosting supplier, you should also ponder 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 bring about site predicaments and even continued downtime for your web page. So, selecting a web space hosting distributor such as 'AIDA Host', which can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will save you lots of complications in the long run.