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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

The most principal and popularly used form of web hosting is the hosting service. It represents a way to host your web portal without having to be much informed about programming and handling a web server. Furthermore, it's also the most economical type of hosting and it's indeed affordable for everybody. However, what is hosting?

What is hosting?

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As the name signifies, the hosting solution is a sort of service where multiple clients share the reserves of one and the same hosting server. This signifies that all web server ingredients like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, NICs etc. are distributed among the customers whose accounts are on that very same web server. This is typically rendered feasible by opening different accounts for the different clients and applying some limitations and quotas for each of them. Those limits are assigned so as to restrain the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overburdening. Normally, hosting customers do not have full root access to the web hosting server's configuration files, which principally indicates that they do not have access to anything else on the server apart from their own personal website hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may use are set by the web hosting firm that possesses the hosting server and by the respective website hosting package. That causes the second vital question:

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

Hosting firms that provide hosting accounts commonly have different web hosting plans. Those plans involve diverse amounts of website hosting features and specs, which in fact fix the limitations that a hosting package will have. The client may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The website hosting plan will then define what limits the user's account will involve, once created. The prices and the specifications of the website hosting plans are chosen by the actual hosting supplier. Depending on the policy of the vendor, the hosting service falls into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the normal shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" wholesalers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to declare, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they actually are dependent on the marketing tactics of the particular supplier and, of course, the requirements of the given customer.

What is the contrast between the free of charge and the common hosting service?

Of course, the chief difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they provide. Free website hosting corporations are not able to maintain an immense amount of web hosting servers, hence, they merely host more users on one hosting server by lowering the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the hosting servers are monitored and maintained appropriately, since the immense amount of accounts may make the web hosting server crash time and time again. The majority of the free website hosting firms, however, neglect the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite tough to find a free of cost web hosting service that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting distributors normally offer free customer support even to the free web hosting users, because they want their web sites to enlarge so that they eventually move to a paid website hosting plan, which offers more website hosting resources. Such vendor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and eldest free website hosting firms in the world.

On the other hand, established hosting providers such as us, are able to keep plenty of hosting servers and so, we are able to provide much more powerful web hosting packages. Of course, that influences the cost of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting package, though, does not automatically denote that this package has a finer quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that matches the actual service which you're obtaining. Additionally, we also give a free extra with the web hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of free-of-charge site skins. As a website hosting firm, we do care about our good name and this is the reason why if you select us, you can be assured that you won't get hoaxed into purchasing a package that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I expect from a hosting solution?

The hosting service is best for those who are looking to host a basic web page, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot expect, however, that a hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows, your website will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more powerful web hosting service like a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS (aka a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting company, you should also consider scalability, or else you might end up migrating your domain manually to a different distributor, which can create web site problems and even prolonged downtime for your site. If you go with W3Cloud as your hosting company, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will spare you lots of troubles in the long run.