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What is Shared Hosting?

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The most basic and popularly utilized form of web hosting is the shared hosting solution. It's a means to host your website without having to know much about programming and operating a server. What's more, it's also the cheapest form of website hosting and it's in fact affordable for everyone. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name hints, the shared hosting service is a kind of service where many users share the reserves of the same web server. This implies that all web server components like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are allocated among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is mainly made viable by setting up separate accounts for the different clients and setting some limitations and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are imposed so as to restrain the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overloading. Normally, shared hosting users do not have full root-level access to the web hosting server's configuration files, which basically means that they do not have access to anything else on the web hosting server aside from their own personal hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may resort to are fixed by the web hosting provider that possesses the web server and by the given website hosting package. That paves the way for the second important question:

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

Hosting corporations that distribute shared hosting services normally have diverse website hosting packages. Those plans include different amounts of website hosting resources and specs, which in fact define the restrictions that a website hosting plan will include. The user may select between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will fit him best. The hosting package will then define what limitations the customer's account will have, once opened. The prices and the specs of the website hosting plans are defined by the very hosting distributor. Based on the policy of the distributor, the shared hosting service falls into 2 types - the free hosting solution and the popular shared service, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to declare, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from one another and they actually depend on the marketing strategy of the given vendor and, of course, the requirements of the specific customer.

What is the difference between the free of cost and the normal shared hosting service?

Of course, the principal difference between the free and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they contain. Free web hosting providers are not capable of keeping a huge number of web hosting servers, hence, they simply host more clients on one hosting server by decreasing the quantity of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the web hosting servers are monitored and maintained appropriately, because the great number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash on a regular basis. Most of the free website hosting distributors, however, neglect the quality of the service and therefore, it's very hard to stumble upon a free website hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting companies usually offer free customer support even to the free website hosting clients, since they want their sites to expand so that they eventually upgrade to a paid website hosting package, which includes more web hosting features. Such corporation, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free website hosting corporations worldwide.

On the other hand, established shared hosting distributors like us, are able to maintain a lot of servers and so, we may afford to offer much more powerful web hosting packages. Of course, that affects the cost of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a web hosting package, though, does not necessarily imply that this account has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. Also, we also give a free extra with the hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of free web site skins. As a web hosting firm, we do look after our good name and that is the reason why if you select us, you can be assured that you won't get hoaxed into buying a package that you cannot in fact avail of.

What should I anticipate from a shared hosting service?

The shared hosting solution is best for persons who want to host a basic website, which is going to use a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business enlarges, your web page will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more powerful web hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (also known as a virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. Therefore, when picking a website hosting provider, you should also ponder about scalability, otherwise you might end up moving your domain manually to a different supplier, which can bring about web site complications and even prolonged downtime for your web site. If you pick Transforma Hosting as your web hosting company, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is essential and will spare you lots of headaches in the future.

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