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Definition of Shared Hosting

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The most standard and regularly availed of form of web hosting is the hosting service. It's a way to host your web site without having to be much informed about programming and operating a web server. Furthermore, it's also the cheapest type of web hosting and it's quite affordable for everyone. Still, what is hosting?

What is hosting?

As the name indicates, the hosting service is a kind of service where many clients share the system reserves of one and the same web server. This suggests that all web hosting server components such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, NICs and so on, are shared among the clients whose accounts are on that same web server. This is normally made possible by opening different accounts for the different users and setting certain limits and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are allocated so as to restrain the customers from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overloading. Typically, hosting users do not have full root access to the web server's configuration files, which primarily means that they do not have access to anything else on the server aside from their own personal website hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may avail of are fixed by the hosting company that possesses the web server and by the particular web hosting plan. That leads to the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the clients?

Web hosting corporations that distribute hosting services usually have diverse website hosting packages. Those plans involve diverse amounts of website hosting resources and specifications, which in fact determine the limits that a hosting plan will include. The client may choose between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The website hosting plan will then define what restrictions the client's account will have, once created. The prices and the specifications of the web hosting packages are chosen by the very hosting supplier. Based on the policy of the company, the hosting solution falls into two categories - the free hosting solution and the standard shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" merchants as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to say, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they really are dependent on the business strategy of the particular firm and, of course, the needs of the given user.

What is the difference between the free of charge and the standard hosting service?

Of course, the major difference between the free of cost and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they contain. Free website hosting companies are not able to keep a large number of servers, therefore, they merely accommodate more customers on a single server by reducing the quantity of resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only on condition that the hosting servers are monitored and administered appropriately, since the great amount of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash repeatedly. The majority of the free website hosting vendors, however, overlook the quality of the service and hence, it's very hard to find a free web hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting companies typically provide free client support even to the free website hosting users, because they want their websites to get bigger so that they subsequently migrate to a paid website hosting account, which includes more hosting features. One such company, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free web hosting firms in the world.

At the same time, traditional hosting vendors like us, may afford to maintain a lot of servers and therefore, we may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting service, however, does not automatically denote that this plan has a finer quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the real service which you're getting. Moreover, we also offer a free bonus with the website hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of cost-free web themes. As a website hosting distributor, we do look after our good name and this is the reason why if you go with us, you can be calm that you won't get beguiled into paying for an account that you cannot in fact make use of.

What should I expect from a hosting solution?

The hosting solution is best for individuals who desire to host an average website, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business gets bigger, your web site will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more feature-rich web hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when selecting a hosting distributor, you should also think about scalability, or else you might end up migrating your domain manually to a different provider, which can create web site predicaments and even continued downtime for your website. If you choose HUGOHOST as your web hosting vendor, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will save you lots of hassles in the long run.

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