A description of site hosting
The most archetypal and universally utilized type of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It's a way to host your site without having to understand much about programming and managing a web server. In addition, it's also the most inexpensive type of webspace hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Still, what is shared site hosting?
What is shared hosting?
As the name signifies, the shared website hosting solution is a sort of service where lots of customers share the resources of one and the same web hosting server. This signifies that all web hosting server constituents such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are allocated among the users whose accounts are on that same web server. This is mostly made possible by opening different accounts for the different customers and allocating some limitations and quotas for each of them. Those limits are allocated in order to hinder the users from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overburdening. Typically, shared webspace hosting clients do not have full root access to the web server's config files, which principally means that they do not have access to anything else on the web server but their very own shared website hosting account. The web space hosting features that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting firm that owns the server and by the particular web hosting plan. That entails the second vital question:
How are the shared web hosting servers split among the clients?
Hosting companies that offer shared website hosting services usually have diverse webspace hosting packages. Those plans involve different amounts of site hosting resources and specifications, which actually fix the restrictions that a hosting plan will include. The client may choose between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The web site hosting plan will then define what limitations the user's account will involve, once opened. The costs and the features of the webspace hosting packages are chosen by the actual web hosting corporation. Depending on the policy of the corporation, the shared hosting solution falls into 2 types - the free hosting service and the common shared solution, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" vendors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to judge, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they really are dependent on the marketing tactics of the specific firm and, of course, the needs of the specific client.
What is the difference between the free of charge and the typical shared web hosting service?
Of course, the main difference between the free and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they contain. Free web hosting suppliers are not able to maintain a large amount of servers, hence, they merely accommodate more clients on one single hosting server by lowering the amount of resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the servers are supervised and tackled properly, since the large amount of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash regularly. The majority of the free web space hosting providers, however, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite difficult to stumble upon a free web site hosting service that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting corporations typically provide free client support even to the free hosting users, since they want their websites to grow so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid webspace hosting package, which includes more webspace hosting features. One such corporation, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and oldest free webspace hosting suppliers worldwide.
On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting corporations like Astrohost, for example, are able to maintain many web servers and hence, they are able to provide much more powerful hosting packages. Of course, that affects the cost of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a webspace hosting account, however, does not necessarily signify that this package has a finer quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that matches the actual service which you're getting. The top webspace hosting companies that have been around for a long time are listing their price tags and package features in a realistic manner, so that the customer may acquainted with what in fact he is receiving. Besides, some of these give a free bonus with the web space hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of free-of-cost site skins that are offered by 'Astrohost'. Such website hosting suppliers do look after their reputation and that's why if you choose them, you can be assured that you won't get duped into paying for a service that you cannot in fact avail of.
What should I expect from a shared webspace hosting service?
The shared site hosting solution is best for individuals who desire to host an average web page, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared web space hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business grows, your web portal will become more and more demanding. So, you will have to ultimately move to a more feature-rich webspace hosting service like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a virtual web server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when picking a web hosting company, you should also ponder about how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up moving your domain name manually to a different supplier, which can bring about site complications and even continued downtime for your web page. Therefore, picking a site hosting distributor like 'Astrohost', which can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is essential and will save you a lot of troubles in the future.