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How Does Shared Website Hosting Function?

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The most standard and frequently availed of form of web hosting is the web hosting solution. It constitutes a means to host your site without having to know much about programming and administrating a web server. Furthermore, it's also the most economical type of website hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Still, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

As the name implies, the web hosting solution is a kind of service where multiple clients share the resources of one and the same hosting server. This suggests that all server components such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards etc. are distributed among the users whose accounts are on that same web server. This is typically rendered viable by setting up different accounts for the different customers and applying given limits and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are assigned in order to hinder the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the hosting server from overloading. Normally, web hosting users do not have full root access to the hosting server's config files, which essentially implies that they cannot access anything else on the server aside from their own personal website hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may use are determined by the web hosting corporation that owns the hosting server and by the respective website hosting package. That necessitates the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the customers?

Web hosting vendors that distribute web hosting packages usually have different hosting plans. Those plans involve diverse amounts of website hosting resources and specifications, which actually set the restrictions that a web hosting plan will have. The customer may pick between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will fit him best. The web hosting plan will then determine what limits the customer's account will involve, once opened. The costs and the specifications of the website hosting packages are specified by the actual web hosting vendor. Based on the politics of the firm, the web hosting solution falls into two types - the free hosting service and the normal shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" suppliers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to claim, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they indeed depend on the marketing tactics of the given supplier and, of course, the needs of the particular user.

What is the difference between the free of charge and the common web hosting solution?

Of course, the chief difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they offer. Free web hosting companies are not capable of maintaining a big amount of web hosting servers, therefore, they plainly accommodate more users on one web hosting server by decreasing the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the hosting servers are monitored and maintained appropriately, since the huge amount of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash regularly. Most of the free website hosting vendors, though, neglect the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite tough to stumble upon a free of charge website hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting corporations usually offer free technical support even to the free hosting clients, because they want their sites to enlarge so that they eventually upgrade to a paid website hosting package, which offers more web hosting features. One such firm, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and oldest free hosting distributors worldwide.

At the same time, established web hosting vendors like us, are able to maintain multiple hosting servers and so, we are able to offer much more powerful web hosting plans. Of course, that influences the cost of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting solution, though, does not necessarily mean that this account has a finer quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the real service which you're getting. What's more, we also offer a free extra with the website hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of fee-free website themes. As a web hosting vendor, we do worry about our reputation and that's why if you choose us, you can be calm that you won't get deluded into buying a package that you cannot in fact use.

What should I anticipate from a web hosting solution?

The web hosting service is best for people who want to host an average website, which is going to use a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a web hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows bigger, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more feature-rich web hosting service like a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. So, when picking a web hosting distributor, you should also reflect about scalability, or else you might end up migrating your domain manually to a different provider, which can cause web site predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your site. If you go with PickMweb as your hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will save you a lot of frustrations in the long run.

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