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A definition of site hosting

The most basic and regularly used type of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It's a means to host your website without having to know much about programming and running a server. Additionally, it's also the most inexpensive form of web space hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. Still, what is shared web site hosting?

What is shared web site hosting?

As the name suggests, the shared hosting solution is a sort of service where a lot of clients share the system resources of the same web server. This suggests that all hosting server components such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, network interface cards etc. are distributed among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is usually rendered possible by creating separate accounts for the different clients and imposing specific restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those limits are allocated in order to prevent the customers from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overburdening. Typically, shared web hosting users do not have complete root access to the hosting server's configuration files, which essentially goes to say that they cannot access anything else on the web server aside from their own personal shared web hosting account. The webspace hosting features that each account may utilize are set by the hosting distributor that possesses the hosting server and by the respective web space hosting plan. That paves the way for the second essential question:

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

Web hosting suppliers that deliver shared hosting packages commonly have different website hosting plans. Those packages contain different amounts of web space hosting resources and specifications, which in fact fix the limits that a web space hosting package will have. The client may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will fit him best. The web site hosting plan will then determine what limitations the user's account will involve, once opened. The costs and the specifications of the website hosting plans are determined by the very hosting provider. Depending on the politics of the company, the shared hosting solution can be divided into 2 types - the free hosting service and the regular shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" vendors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to claim, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from each other and they really depend on the marketing strategy of the specific corporation and, of course, the needs of the given user.

What is the contrast between the free and the typical shared website hosting service?

Of course, the main difference between the free of cost and the paid solution is in the quantity of features that they include. Free web space hosting companies are not able to keep a big amount of hosting servers, hence, they plainly accommodate more clients on one single web hosting server by lowering the quantity of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only if the hosting servers are supervised and dealt with properly, because the immense number of accounts may make the web hosting server crash time and time again. The majority of the free webspace hosting vendors, however, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's very hard to discover a free of charge hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting providers typically offer free client support even to the free website hosting clients, because they want their web sites to expand so that they eventually upgrade to a paid website hosting plan, which includes more webspace hosting features. One such supplier, for example, is, which is one of the biggest and oldest free web space hosting distributors in the world.

At the same time, traditional shared web hosting suppliers like Exclusive Hosting, for instance, are able to keep a lot of servers and therefore, they are able to offer much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a site hosting service, however, does not necessarily imply that this package has a finer quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. The best web hosting corporations that have been around for a long time are showing their price tags and package configurations in an objective way, so that the customer may be informed of what exactly he is getting. In addition, some of these give a free bonus with the website hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of charge-free web site layouts that are provided by 'Exclusive Hosting'. Such web hosting corporations do worry about their good name and that is the reason why if you pick them, you can be confident that you won't get fooled into purchasing a package that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I anticipate from a shared website hosting solution?

The shared web space hosting solution is best for individuals who want to host a basic website, which is going to use a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot expect, though, that a shared web site hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business develops, your web site will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to eventually move to a more feature-rich webspace hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a web site hosting company, you should also reflect about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up moving your domain name manually to a separate vendor, which can bring about site troubles and even continuous downtime for your site. Therefore, picking a web hosting supplier such as 'Exclusive Hosting', which can provide you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is crucial and will spare you lots of hassles in the long run.