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How Does Shared Website Hosting Work?

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The most archetypal and commonly used type of web hosting is the web hosting solution. It represents a means to host your web page without having to be much informed about programming and running a web hosting server. In addition to this, it's also the most economical type of hosting and it's very affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

As the name implies, the web hosting solution is a form of service where multiple customers share the reserves of the same web hosting server. This goes to say that all web server ingredients such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are distributed among the clients whose accounts are on that same web server. This is typically rendered tenable by creating different accounts for the different clients and setting specific restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are appointed in order to hinder the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overloading. Usually, web hosting customers do not have complete root-level access to the hosting server's configuration files, which primarily suggests that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server but their own personal web hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may use are fixed by the web hosting distributor that owns the web hosting server and by the particular web hosting package. That necessitates the second important question:

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

Hosting firms that distribute web hosting accounts usually have diverse website hosting plans. Those plans include diverse amounts of website hosting features and specs, which in fact determine the limits that a website hosting package will have. The client may select between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will fit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what restrictions the user's account will involve, once created. The costs and the features of the website hosting plans are chosen by the very hosting corporation. Depending on the policy of the company, the web hosting service falls into 2 types - the free hosting solution and the popular shared solution, 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 each other and they actually depend on the business policy of the given firm and, of course, the needs of the given client.

What is the difference between the free and the normal web hosting service?

Of course, the primary difference between the free of cost and the paid solution is in the amount of features that they provide. Free website hosting suppliers are not capable of keeping a great amount of servers, hence, they just host more clients on one single web hosting server by reducing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only if the hosting servers are kept under surveillance and tackled appropriately, because the huge number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash frequently. Most of the free web hosting vendors, though, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's very difficult to come across a free of cost website hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting firms usually offer free technical support even to the free hosting clients, since they want their websites to get bigger so that they eventually upgrade to a paid web hosting package, which includes more website hosting resources. Such corporation, for example, is, which is one of the biggest and oldest free web hosting firms worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional web hosting firms like us, are able to keep many hosting servers and as a result, we may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting plans. Of course, that affects the pricing of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting account, however, does not necessarily signify that this plan has a better quality. The most optimal services are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the real service which you're receiving. Additionally, we also give a free bonus with the website hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of complimentary site layouts. As a website hosting corporation, we do worry about our good name and that is the reason why if you select us, you can rest certain that you won't get deluded into buying a service that you cannot actually use.

What should I expect from a web hosting service?

The web hosting solution is best for individuals who would like to host a standard web page, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a web hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business gets bigger, your website will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more powerful website hosting service like a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (also known as a virtual private web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. So, when selecting a web hosting distributor, you should also ponder about scalability, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain manually to a different provider, which can bring about web site troubles and even extended downtime for your website. If you choose STEERWEB as your hosting company, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is essential and will spare you a lot of problems in the long run.

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