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Definition of Shared Hosting

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The most primary and frequently used form of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It constitutes a way to host your website without having to be much informed about programming and handling a hosting server. What's more, it's also the cheapest form of web hosting and it's in fact affordable for everybody. Still, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name denotes, the shared hosting service is a type of service where lots of clients share the system resources of one and the same web hosting server. This means that all hosting server components such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are allotted among the clients whose accounts are on that same web server. This is usually made attainable by opening separate accounts for the different users and applying specific restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are fixed in order to prevent the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overburdening. Typically, shared hosting users do not have full root access to the server's config files, which essentially goes to say that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server apart from their own hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may avail of are fixed by the hosting vendor that owns the web server and by the particular web hosting package. That entails the second vital question:

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

Web hosting suppliers that distribute shared hosting packages typically have diverse web hosting plans. Those packages include different amounts of website hosting resources and specifications, which in fact determine the restrictions that a web hosting package will have. The user may choose between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The web hosting plan will then determine what restrictions the user's account will involve, once set up. The costs and the specifications of the web hosting plans are fixed by the very hosting distributor. Depending on the policy of the corporation, the shared hosting solution falls into two categories - the free hosting solution and the classic shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to state, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they indeed are subject to the business strategy of the specific firm and, of course, the demands of the given user.

What is the distinction between the free and the regular shared hosting solution?

Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the quantity of features that they contain. Free website hosting providers are not able to keep an enormous number of web hosting servers, therefore, they merely accommodate more customers on one hosting server by lowering the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the web servers are monitored and administered properly, since the big amount of accounts may make the hosting server crash repeatedly. Most of the free website hosting firms, however, neglect the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite difficult to come across a free of charge web hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting corporations commonly provide free technical support even to the free web hosting clients, because they want their sites to enlarge so that they eventually move to a paid website hosting account, which offers more web hosting resources. Such vendor, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free website hosting firms worldwide.

At the same time, established shared hosting distributors like us, may afford to keep numerous web servers and as a result, we are able to provide much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting account, however, does not automatically denote that this account has a finer quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the real service which you're receiving. What's more, we also give a free extra with the hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of charge-free web templates. As a website hosting companie, we do look after our good name and this is the reason why if you go with us, you can be calm that you won't get fooled into paying for a service that you cannot actually use.

What should I anticipate from a shared hosting service?

The shared hosting service is best for people who desire to host a basic site, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows bigger, your site will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich web hosting service like a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (also known as a private virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when selecting a website hosting company, you should also reflect about scalability, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain manually to a separate vendor, which can bring about website predicaments and even extended downtime for your site. If you pick Hamilton Hosting as your hosting vendor, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is essential and will save you a lot of inconveniences in the future.

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