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How Shared Website Hosting Works

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The most elemental and regularly used kind of web hosting is the hosting service. It constitutes a way to host your web page without having to know much about programming and managing a web server. What's more, it's also the most economical form of web hosting and it's indeed affordable for everybody. Nevertheless, what is hosting?

What is hosting?

As the name denotes, the hosting solution is a kind of service where many clients share the system reserves of one and the same server. This indicates that all web hosting server elements such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are allocated among the clients whose accounts are on that very same web hosting server. This is mostly made possible by opening separate accounts for the separate users and assigning specific limitations and quotas for each of them. Those limits are applied in order to hinder the users from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overburdening. Normally, hosting users do not have root access to the web hosting server's config files, which primarily goes to say that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server but their own personal hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may resort to are fixed by the web hosting distributor that possesses the server and by the respective website hosting plan. That leads to the second important question:

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

Hosting distributors that distribute hosting solutions usually have various hosting plans. Those plans contain diverse quotas of web hosting resources and specifications, which actually determine the limits that a website hosting plan will have. The client may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The web hosting plan will then determine what restrictions the client's account will include, once opened. The costs and the specs of the website hosting packages are fixed by the specific web hosting vendor. Depending on the politics of the supplier, the hosting service falls into two types - the free hosting solution and the normal shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to allege, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they actually are subject to the business tactics of the particular distributor and, of course, the needs of the specific customer.

What is the difference between the free of charge and the classic hosting solution?

Of course, the chief difference between the free of cost and the paid solution is in the quantity of features that they include. Free hosting distributors are not capable of keeping an immense number of web hosting servers, hence, they merely host more users on one single hosting server by reducing the amount of resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only if the hosting servers are monitored and tackled properly, because the enormous amount of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash regularly. The majority of the free website hosting distributors, though, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite difficult to find a free web hosting service that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting firms typically offer free client support even to the free web hosting clients, because they want their web pages to enlarge so that they eventually upgrade to a paid website hosting account, which includes more web hosting resources. One such company, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free website hosting firms in the world.

At the same time, established hosting vendors such as us, may afford to maintain lots of web servers and therefore, we may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting plans. Of course, that influences the pricing of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a hosting solution, however, does not automatically signify that this package has a finer quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the concrete service which you're obtaining. Moreover, we also give a free extra with the website hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of charge-free web design layouts. As a website hosting companie, we do worry about our reputation and that is the reason why if you choose us, you can be confident that you won't get deluded into purchasing a solution that you cannot in fact avail of.

What should I anticipate from a hosting service?

The hosting service is best for persons who want to host a standard site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business gets bigger, your web site will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more powerful web hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS (aka a virtual private web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. Therefore, when choosing a website hosting company, you should also ponder about scalability, or else you might end up relocating your domain manually to a separate supplier, which can create site predicaments and even continued downtime for your web site. If you choose 123WebPlan as your website hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is essential and will spare you a lot of inconveniences in the long run.

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