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What Indeed is Shared Hosting?

The most archetypal and universally utilized variety of web hosting is the web hosting solution. It's a means to host your website without having to be much informed about programming and managing a web hosting server. In addition to that, it's also the most economical form of website hosting and it's in fact affordable for anybody. However, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

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As the name hints, the web hosting service is a kind of service where multiple customers share the reserves of the same web hosting server. This means that all hosting server ingredients like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are divided among the customers whose accounts are on that same hosting server. This is normally made possible by setting up separate accounts for the separate customers and fixing given limits and usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are appointed in order to prevent the customers from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overloading. Usually, web hosting customers do not have complete root-level access to the hosting server's configuration files, which principally signifies that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server but their own website hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may avail of are fixed by the hosting vendor that possesses the hosting server and by the given web hosting package. That predetermines the second important question:

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

Hosting corporations that provide web hosting services normally have various web hosting plans. Those packages include different quotas of website hosting resources and specs, which actually define the limits that a web hosting plan will have. The user may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will befit him best. The website hosting package will then define what limits the customer's account will have, once opened. The costs and the features of the website hosting plans are set by the very web hosting firm. Based on the policy of the corporation, the web hosting solution can be divided into two categories - the free hosting solution and the classic shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" vendors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to declare, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they indeed depend on the marketing strategy of the given distributor and, of course, the needs of the specific client.

What is the contrast between the free and the classic web hosting solution?

Of course, the major difference between the free of cost and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they include. Free website hosting vendors are not capable of keeping a great number of web servers, hence, they simply accommodate more users on one web server by reducing the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the web hosting servers are monitored and dealt with properly, since the enormous amount of accounts may cause the server to crash on a regular basis. The majority of the free web hosting distributors, however, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite tough to find a free of charge web hosting service that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting corporations usually offer free customer support even to the free web hosting users, because they want their sites to enlarge so that they eventually upgrade to a paid website hosting package, which offers more website hosting resources. One such distributor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free web hosting providers in the world.

On the other hand, established web hosting corporations such as us, may afford to keep numerous servers and therefore, we may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting plan, however, does not necessarily mean that this account has a finer quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the actual service which you're getting. Moreover, we also give a free extra with the website hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of fee-free web skins. As a hosting provider, we do care about our reputation and this is the reason why if you select us, you can rest calm that you won't get swindled into paying for a package that you cannot in fact use.

What should I expect from a web hosting solution?

The web hosting service is best for people who are looking to host an average web portal, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot expect, though, that a web hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business enlarges, your web site will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more powerful hosting solution like a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. So, when choosing a website hosting supplier, you should also think about scalability, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain manually to a separate provider, which can cause web site complications and even extended downtime for your web site. If you select NOT FREE DOMAINS as your web hosting distributor, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will spare you lots of hassles in the future.