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What Exactly is Shared Web Hosting?

The most basic and frequently used form of web hosting is the hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your web site without having to know much about programming and operating a web server. What's more, it's also the cheapest type of web hosting and it's very affordable for anybody. Still, what is hosting?

What is hosting?

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As the name hints, the hosting solution is a form of service where many clients share the system resources of the same web server. This denotes that all server ingredients such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards etc. are split among the customers whose accounts are on that same server. This is mainly made feasible by creating separate accounts for the separate customers and setting specific limitations and quotas for each of them. Those limits are applied in order to restrain the customers from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overburdening. Normally, hosting clients do not have full root access to the hosting server's configuration files, which basically denotes that they do not have access to anything else on the web hosting server apart from their own personal website hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may utilize are determined by the web hosting provider that possesses the web server and by the particular web hosting plan. That predetermines the second important question:

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

Web hosting suppliers that deliver hosting plans usually have various website hosting packages. Those plans contain diverse amounts of web hosting resources and specs, which actually fix the limits that a web hosting package will have. The customer may pick between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The web hosting plan will then determine what limitations the user's account will include, once set up. The prices and the features of the website hosting plans are defined by the actual web hosting corporation. Depending on the politics of the provider, the hosting solution falls into two types - the free hosting service and the normal shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" sellers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to announce, which one is better, since they are quite different from one another and they really are dependent on the business policy of the specific vendor and, of course, the needs of the given client.

What is the difference between the free and the normal hosting solution?

Of course, the essential difference between the free and the paid solution is in the quantity of features that they include. Free web hosting firms are not capable of keeping a huge amount of servers, hence, they simply host more users on one web hosting server by lowering the amount of resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the servers are kept under surveillance and handled properly, because the large amount of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash over and over again. The majority of the free web hosting distributors, though, neglect the quality of the service and therefore, it's very hard to stumble upon a free website hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting distributors usually offer free client support even to the free web hosting users, since they want their web pages to grow so that they subsequently move to a paid web hosting package, which includes more web hosting features. One such vendor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and oldest free web hosting firms worldwide.

At the same time, established hosting corporations such as us, are able to maintain lots of web hosting servers and as a result, we may afford to offer much more feature-rich website hosting packages. Of course, that influences the cost of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting account, however, does not automatically mean that this solution has a finer quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that matches the actual service which you're receiving. Furthermore, we also give a free extra with the web hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of free-of-charge web page skins. As a web hosting distributor, we do look after our reputation and that's why if you go with us, you can rest confident that you won't get fooled into paying for a solution that you cannot in fact utilize.

What should I anticipate from a hosting solution?

The hosting service is best for individuals who wish to host a standard web site, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot expect, however, that a 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 eventually migrate to a more feature-rich hosting service like a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS (aka a virtual web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when picking a website hosting distributor, you should also think about scalability, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain manually to a different distributor, which can create site predicaments and even continued downtime for your web portal. If you select Blue Domain Hosting as your hosting company, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is vital and will spare you a lot of nuisances in the future.