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How Does Shared Web Hosting Function?

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The most basic and commonly used form of web hosting is the web hosting service. It's a way to host your web page without having to understand much about programming and operating a web hosting server. Additionally, it's also the cheapest form of website hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. However, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

As the name suggests, the web hosting solution is a type of service where numerous users share the system resources of the same server. This goes to say that all server components such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are shared among the clients whose accounts are on that same web server. This is normally rendered achievable by setting up separate accounts for the separate clients and allocating specific restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are set in order to prevent the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the hosting server from overburdening. Typically, web hosting customers do not have root-level access to the web hosting server's configuration files, which principally means that they cannot access anything else on the web server apart from their very own hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may use are fixed by the hosting supplier that owns the server and by the particular website hosting package. That paves the way for the second important question:

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

Hosting vendors that deliver web hosting solutions usually have diverse web hosting plans. Those packages contain different quotas of web hosting resources and specifications, which actually determine the limits that a hosting package will have. The user may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will befit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what restrictions the user's account will include, once opened. The prices and the specs of the website hosting plans are chosen by the specific web hosting distributor. Based on the policy of the provider, the web hosting solution can be divided into two groups - the free hosting service and the common shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" suppliers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to declare, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they actually are subject to the marketing policy of the specific corporation and, of course, the needs of the particular client.

What is the difference between the free and the typical web hosting service?

Of course, the principal difference between the free and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they contain. Free web hosting providers are not capable of maintaining a huge amount of hosting servers, therefore, they simply host more customers on one web hosting server by decreasing the amount of resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the web servers are supervised and administered properly, since the immense number of accounts may cause the server to crash repeatedly. The majority of the free web hosting companies, though, overlook the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite difficult to discover a free web hosting service that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting distributors normally provide free technical support even to the free web hosting customers, since they want their websites to get bigger so that they subsequently move to a paid website hosting account, which includes more website hosting features. Such vendor, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and eldest free web hosting providers in the world.

On the other hand, established web hosting suppliers such as us, are able to maintain many servers and hence, we may afford to provide much more feature-rich web hosting plans. Of course, that affects the pricing of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a website hosting plan, however, does not automatically signify that this plan has a finer quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. In addition, we also give a free bonus with the hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of free-of-cost web themes. As a website hosting companie, we do look after our reputation and that is the reason why if you pick us, you can rest certain that you won't get hoaxed into paying for a service that you cannot in fact utilize.

What should I anticipate from a web hosting solution?

The web hosting service is best for people who wish to host a standard web page, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot expect, however, that a web hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business enlarges, your site will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a virtual private web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting company, you should also reflect about scalability, otherwise you might end up migrating your domain manually to a separate distributor, which can bring about web site predicaments and even continuous downtime for your website. If you choose AMERICANRESELLERS as your web hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow, is vital and will save you a lot of inconveniences in the long run.

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