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A definition of hosting

The most basic and commonly used variety of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It represents a way to host your site without having to understand much about programming and managing a web server. In addition to this, it's also the cheapest type of web space hosting and it's quite affordable for everybody. However, what is shared webspace hosting?

What is shared web page hosting?

As the name suggests, the shared web site hosting service is a sort of service where many users share the system resources of the same hosting server. This means that all web hosting server elements like CPU, hard disks, RAM, NICs and so on, are split among the customers whose accounts are on that very same web hosting server. This is mostly rendered possible by setting up different accounts for the separate clients and fixing given restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are fixed in order to prevent the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overburdening. Normally, shared website hosting clients do not have full root-level access to the web server's config files, which essentially means that they do not have access to anything else on the web server apart from their own shared web hosting account. The web page hosting features that each account may avail of are set by the web hosting corporation that possesses the web hosting server and by the respective webspace hosting plan. That paves the way for the second vital question:

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

Web hosting distributors that furnish shared hosting services typically have different site hosting plans. Those plans include diverse amounts of web site hosting features and specifications, which actually set the limits that a webspace hosting package will have. The user may select between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will suit him best. The hosting package will then determine what limitations the customer's account will include, once set up. The costs and the features of the web site hosting plans are determined by the actual hosting supplier. Based on the policy of the supplier, the shared webspace hosting solution falls into two groups - the free hosting solution and the normal shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to state, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from each other and they indeed are determined by the business policy of the given firm and, of course, the demands of the particular user.

What is the distinction between the free and the classic shared web space hosting service?

Of course, the major difference between the free and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they provide. Free web site hosting suppliers are not able to keep a huge amount of hosting servers, hence, they just host more clients on one hosting server by reducing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the web servers are kept under surveillance and dealt with appropriately, since the huge amount of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash regularly. The majority of the free web site hosting suppliers, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite tough to come across a free of charge web hosting solution that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting providers normally provide free technical support even to the free webspace hosting users, since they want their websites to enlarge so that they eventually migrate to a paid webspace hosting account, which offers more website hosting features. One such distributor, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free website hosting vendors worldwide.

At the same time, traditional shared web hosting distributors such as NTC Hosting, for example, are able to keep multiple web servers and so, they are able to offer much more feature-rich web space hosting packages. Of course, that affects the pricing of the webspace hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a site hosting service, however, does not automatically denote that this service has a finer quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the concrete service which you're getting. The first-class web site hosting firms that have been around for a long time are displaying their price tags and package features in an objective manner, so that the customer may acquainted with what exactly he is receiving. Besides, some of them provide a free bonus with the site hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of charge-free web design layouts that are offered by 'NTC Hosting'. Such hosting firms do worry about their reputation and this is the reason why if you select them, you can be assured that you won't get deluded into paying for a solution that you cannot actually utilize.

What should I anticipate from a shared web hosting solution?

The shared website hosting service is best for persons who wish to host a standard web page, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot expect, though, that a shared website hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business develops, your site will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to eventually move to a more powerful webspace hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when picking a web hosting vendor, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain name manually to a separate vendor, which can cause site problems and even extended downtime for your web portal. So, selecting a webspace hosting vendor like 'NTC Hosting', which can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is essential and will save you lots of difficulties in the future.