How Shared Website Hosting Functions
The most fundamental and popularly utilized sort of web hosting is the hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your site without having to be much informed about programming and handling a web server. Moreover, it's also the most inexpensive type of hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is hosting?
What is hosting?
As the name indicates, the hosting solution is a sort of service where many customers share the resources of one and the same hosting server. This goes to say that all server components such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards etc. are split among the customers whose accounts are on that very same hosting server. This is mainly made viable by opening different accounts for the different clients and applying specific limitations and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are applied so as to restrain the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overloading. Normally, hosting customers do not have complete root access to the hosting server's configuration files, which primarily indicates that they do not have access to anything else on the server but their own personal website hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may use are fixed by the web hosting firm that owns the hosting server and by the particular website hosting package. That gives rise to the second important question:
How are the shared web hosting servers shared among the clients?
Hosting providers that offer hosting packages usually have different web hosting plans. Those packages contain diverse amounts of website hosting resources and specifications, which actually determine the limitations that a website hosting plan will have. The client may select between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will suit him best. The hosting package will then determine what limitations the customer's account will involve, once set up. The costs and the specifications of the web hosting plans are fixed by the particular web hosting company. Based on the politics of the firm, the hosting service can be divided into two groups - the free hosting service and the classic shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to allege, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they indeed are dependent on the marketing tactics of the given vendor and, of course, the requirements of the given client.
What is the difference between the free of charge and the regular hosting solution?
Of course, the primary difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they include. Free website hosting providers are not able to keep a great number of hosting servers, hence, they just accommodate more customers on one single server by decreasing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the web servers are supervised and administered appropriately, since the great number of accounts may causer the web server to crash time and time again. Most of the free website hosting suppliers, though, overlook the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite hard to discover a free web hosting solution that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting providers normally provide free customer support even to the free web hosting customers, since they want their websites to expand so that they eventually move to a paid hosting package, which offers more web hosting resources. Such corporation, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free web hosting firms in the world.
At the same time, traditional hosting vendors like us, are able to keep numerous web servers and therefore, we are able to provide much more powerful hosting packages. Of course, that influences the cost of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting solution, however, does not necessarily mean that this account has a better quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that matches the concrete service which you're receiving. Moreover, we also give a free bonus with the website hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of free-of-cost web skins. As a web hosting companie, we do care about our good name and that is the reason why if you choose us, you can rest confident that you won't get swindled into purchasing a package that you cannot in fact avail of.
What should I expect from a hosting solution?
The hosting service is best for those who desire to host a standard web portal, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot expect, however, that a hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business enlarges, your site will become more and more demanding. Hence, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful website hosting solution like a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS (a.k.a. a private virtual server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a website hosting distributor, you should also ponder about scalability, otherwise you might end up migrating your domain manually to a different distributor, which can create site predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your site. If you choose artichosts as your web hosting company, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will save you lots of annoyances in the long run.
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