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What is Shared Website Hosting?

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The most archetypal and regularly availed of form of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It represents a way to host your site without having to know much about programming and running a hosting server. Furthermore, it's also the cheapest type of website hosting and it's very affordable for everybody. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared hosting service is a type of service where lots of users share the system resources of the same web hosting server. This implies that all server components like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, NICs and so on, are apportioned among the customers whose accounts are on that very same web hosting server. This is normally rendered tenable by opening different accounts for the different clients and applying certain limits and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are assigned so as to prevent the clients from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overloading. Normally, shared hosting clients do not have complete root-level access to the web server's configuration files, which essentially implies that they cannot access anything else on the server but their own personal hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may utilize are determined by the hosting firm that possesses the hosting server and by the given website hosting plan. That brings on the second important question:

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

Web hosting distributors that furnish shared hosting solutions usually have various website hosting packages. Those packages involve diverse amounts of website hosting resources and specs, which in fact determine the restrictions that a website hosting account will include. The user may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The website hosting plan will then define what limits the customer's account will involve, once opened. The costs and the features of the website hosting packages are set by the specific web hosting provider. Depending on the policy of the corporation, the shared hosting solution falls into two types - the free hosting service and the common shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" firms as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to allege, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they actually are determined by the business tactics of the given provider and, of course, the needs of the given customer.

What is the difference between the free and the standard shared hosting service?

Of course, the essential difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the quantity of resources that they include. Free web hosting providers are not able to maintain a big amount of servers, hence, they merely host more clients on a single server by decreasing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only if the servers are monitored and maintained appropriately, since the immense number of accounts may make the web hosting server crash time and time again. The majority of the free web hosting distributors, however, neglect the quality of the service and hence, it's quite tough to stumble upon a free website hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting suppliers commonly provide free technical support even to the free web hosting customers, since they want their websites to grow so that they eventually migrate to a paid website hosting account, which offers more web hosting resources. Such firm, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free website hosting distributors worldwide.

At the same time, established shared hosting vendors such as us, are able to maintain a lot of web hosting servers and hence, we may afford to provide much more powerful hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting plan, though, does not necessarily mean that this account has a finer quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that corresponds to the concrete service which you're getting. Besides, we also offer a free bonus with the web hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of gratis themes. As a hosting companie, we do worry about our good name and that's why if you go with us, you can be certain that you won't get fooled into paying for a solution that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I anticipate from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting solution is best for persons who wish to host a normal site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot expect, though, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows, your web portal will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more powerful hosting service like a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (also known as a virtual web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when selecting a hosting provider, you should also consider scalability, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain manually to a separate vendor, which can create site problems and even continued downtime for your web page. If you select MSM Instant Webs Hosting as your website hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will spare you a lot of troubles in the long run.

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