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Shared Web Hosting Explanation

The most standard and widely used kind of web hosting is the web hosting service. It's a way to host your web page without having to know much about programming and handling a server. Besides, it's also the most inexpensive type of web hosting and it's very affordable for anybody. However, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

As the name designates, the web hosting solution is a type of service where plenty of customers share the system resources of the same hosting server. This goes to say that all web server components such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network cards etc. are shared among the customers whose accounts are on that very same web hosting server. This is usually made viable by opening separate accounts for the different clients and appointing specific limitations and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are fixed in order to hinder the users from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web hosting server from overburdening. Typically, web hosting customers do not have root-level access to the web server's configuration files, which basically implies that they do not have access to anything else on the web hosting server apart from their own personal web hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may utilize are set by the hosting firm that possesses the hosting server and by the respective web hosting plan. That leads to the second important question:

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

Hosting providers that distribute web hosting packages normally have diverse website hosting packages. Those packages provide different quotas of web hosting features and specifications, which in fact set the limits that a website hosting account will have. The user may pick between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The web hosting plan will then determine what restrictions the user's account will include, once opened. The costs and the features of the web hosting packages are fixed by the particular hosting supplier. Depending on the policy of the corporation, the web hosting solution falls into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the classic shared service, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to allege, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from one another and they really are dependent on the marketing tactics of the specific company and, of course, the needs of the particular user.

What is the distinction between the free of cost and the normal web hosting solution?

Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they provide. Free web hosting suppliers are not able to maintain a big amount of web servers, hence, they merely accommodate more users on a single hosting server by lowering the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the web hosting servers are supervised and dealt with appropriately, since the enormous amount of accounts may cause the server to crash time and time again. The majority of the free website hosting distributors, though, overlook the quality of the service and hence, it's very hard to find a free of charge website hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting vendors typically offer free customer support even to the free web hosting clients, because they want their sites to grow bigger so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid hosting package, which includes more web hosting resources. Such vendor, for example, is, which is among the biggest and oldest free website hosting suppliers worldwide.

At the same time, established web hosting firms such as us, may afford to keep plenty of web hosting servers and therefore, we may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that influences the pricing of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web hosting plan, though, does not necessarily imply that this package has a better quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. Moreover, we also provide a free bonus with the hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of free-of-charge web design skins. As a hosting supplier, we do care about our reputation and that's why if you choose us, you can be confident that you won't get deluded into purchasing a package that you cannot in fact use.

What should I anticipate from a web hosting service?

The web hosting solution is best for persons who desire to host a basic website, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot expect, though, that a web hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business gets bigger, your web site will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more feature-rich web hosting solution like a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when picking a web hosting vendor, you should also think about scalability, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain manually to a different vendor, which can bring about site problems and even extended downtime for your web site. If you select The Great Host as your web hosting supplier, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will spare you lots of inconveniences in the future.