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How Does Shared Hosting Operate?

If you have developed a site and you want other people to check it out, you must transfer you website content to a public server.

Where to host your web site?

Although you can use your own computer as a web server, it is a more common practice to let a hosting provider host your web site. The primary reason for that is the bigger stability and the better visibility of your website, because hosting service providers have special hardware and allocate a much greater web traffic usage allowance, which ensures the speedier access to your website from all over the globe.

Shared hosting services

Express
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$4.95 / month
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Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$12.95 / month
 

Select a shared hosting service, which enables you to register domain names and to create mailboxes. Many web shared hosting suppliers, like us at Hamilton Hosting, offer a charge-free domain registration as a bonus if you sign up for a hosting account.

Hosting your website on your own

Hosting your website on your own web server is surely an option, but only in case you have time and the required experience. There are some things that you have to consider, including the hardware and software costs. To build an actual, professional-looking web site, you will have to invest cash in some powerful server hardware, since you cannot expect a low-cost PC to carry out the task. You will also require an uninterrupted high-speed Internet connection without downtimes, which typically is offered at a rather steep price. If you are making use of licensed software for your site, you will need to pay for the license as well. You may also have to deal with bugs and adware. You will need to keep your web server constantly running in an environment where "everything could take place". If you do not have the required technical ability, you will need to hire a system administrator to cope with these issues on your behalf, which will make the price of hosting your website on your own even steeper than that of a dedicated hosting server furnished by a hosting services provider.

A dedicated web server provided by a hosting solutions provider

Renting a server from a hosting distributor is a suitable decision if you want to have a heavy resource-demanding site or a business web portal that has very special security requirements. The biggest advantages of using a dedicated web server hosting solution are the breakneck-speed Internet access, the uninterrupted power supply and the extremely powerful hardware. Some hosting firms, again like us at Hamilton Hosting, deliver virtual private servers hosting and semi-dedicated web server hosting solutions, which are based on very powerful web servers that can be divided among several customers. You can also anticipate them to provide efficient load balancing solutions and the required data backup servers.

Security and stability

Web hosting suppliers are specialized in providing hosting services and since this is what they do for a living, you can expect them to offer uninterrupted Internet connection, the latest software updates and the best anti-malware software, as well as system administrators available 24/7/365 to assist you in situations of emergency.

Select your web hosting solutions provider

What you have to take into consideration when choosing your web hosting solutions provider is the reliability of the offered services. Make certain that the web hosting solutions provider of your choosing provides a 24-7-365 support service. Do not place yourself in a situation where you cannot fix urgent predicaments right away because you have to wait until the next working day. Also, if you opt for a shared web hosting plan, which features a 24/7/365 customer support service, this means that there always will be sysadmins available to resolve any urgent predicaments as soon as they crop up, which is a very advantageous thing.

Daily backups

Make certain that your web hosting solutions provider offers daily backups with the offered web hosting services, or else you may lose some valuable content in case of a hardware failure or because you have erased something unwittingly. The presence of day-to-day data backups is typically pointed out in the hosting supplier's Terms & Conditions.

Bandwidth and storage space

When picking your web hosting accounts provider, give special attention to the bandwidth volume limits. Make certain that you don't have to pay a fortune for unforeseen high volumes of traffic if your website becomes more regularly visited. There are plenty of web hosting distributors that offer unlimited bandwidth at present, so the most relevant step to take is to make sure that you have made the correct decision before registering.

Content restrictions

Give particular attention to the web hosting provider's content limitations. If you would like to publish pics or to stream live video or audio, make sure that you can do that. Besides, most web hosting providers place restrictions as far as utilizing their services for file hosting purposes is concerned, so if you upload too much content that is not connected or directly linked to your website, your website hosting account could get closed. So, exploring the hosting service provider's Terms of Use, regardless of how time-demanding and boring this might be, is extremely vital.

Email capabilities

Most web hosting suppliers today also provide email services with all their web hosting packages. It is not a bad idea to double-check if the hosting provider of your choice offers such features as well, so as to be certain that you'll receive all the functionalities that you require in return for your money.