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What Precisely is Shared Web Hosting?

The most archetypal and widely used sort of web hosting is the web hosting service. It constitutes a means to host your web portal without having to be much informed about programming and operating a hosting server. In addition to that, it's also the cheapest type of website hosting and it's in fact affordable for everyone. However, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
$4.99 / month
Corporate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
$8.07 / month
 

As the name hints, the web hosting service is a type of service where lots of users share the reserves of the same server. This indicates that all hosting server elements like CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards etc. are distributed among the clients whose accounts are on that same server. This is normally rendered accomplishable by setting up separate accounts for the different users and setting specific limits and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are allocated so as to prevent the clients from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overburdening. Typically, web hosting customers do not have complete root access to the hosting server's config files, which principally indicates that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server aside from their own personal web hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may avail of are fixed by the web hosting corporation that possesses the server and by the respective website hosting plan. That leads up to the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers split among the customers?

Hosting suppliers that supply web hosting services usually have diverse website hosting plans. Those plans include different quotas of website hosting resources and specs, which in fact fix the limits that a website hosting account will have. The customer may choose between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will suit him best. The web hosting package will then define what limitations the client's account will have, once opened. The costs and the specs of the web hosting packages are set by the specific web hosting vendor. Based on the politics of the vendor, the web hosting service can be divided into two categories - the free hosting solution and the common shared service, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" retailers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to judge, which one is better, since they are very different from each other and they really are determined by the business strategy of the specific firm and, of course, the demands of the particular customer.

What is the difference between the free and the standard web hosting solution?

Of course, the main difference between the free and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they provide. Free hosting distributors are not able to maintain a large amount of web hosting servers, therefore, they plainly accommodate more customers on one server by reducing the amount of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the hosting servers are supervised and maintained properly, because the great amount of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash repeatedly. Most of the free hosting firms, though, ignore the quality of the service and hence, it's quite difficult to come across a free of cost web hosting service that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting firms usually offer free client support even to the free website hosting clients, because they want their web pages to grow bigger so that they eventually upgrade to a paid website hosting package, which includes more hosting resources. One such distributor, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and oldest free website hosting vendors in the world.

At the same time, established web hosting suppliers like us, are able to maintain lots of hosting servers and therefore, we may afford to provide much more powerful hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a website hosting plan, however, does not automatically denote that this package has a better quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that matches the concrete service which you're getting. Moreover, we also give a free bonus with the web hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of cost-free web design skins. As a website hosting corporation, we do care about our reputation and that's why if you select us, you can rest assured that you won't get fooled into purchasing a service that you cannot in fact avail of.

What should I expect from a web hosting service?

The web hosting solution is best for persons who desire to host an average web page, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot expect, however, that a web hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business expands, your site will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful hosting solution like a semi-dedicated web hosting, a VPS web hosting (aka a private virtual web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated web hosting. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting provider, you should also consider scalability, or else you might end up migrating your domain manually to a separate supplier, which can create web site troubles and even continuous downtime for your site. If you select Flowers Technologies as your web hosting distributor, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is crucial and will spare you lots of inconveniences in the future.