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An explanation of web space hosting

The most fundamental and regularly availed of form of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It represents a means to host your site without having to be much informed about programming and managing a server. In addition, it's also the most inexpensive type of web space hosting and it's in fact affordable for everybody. However, what is shared website hosting?

What is shared website hosting?

As the name suggests, the shared hosting solution is a sort of service where multiple customers share the system reserves of one and the same hosting server. This implies that all web hosting server constituents such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are allotted among the clients whose accounts are on that same hosting server. This is mainly rendered feasible by creating different accounts for the different clients and assigning certain restrictions and usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are allocated so as to hinder the customers from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overburdening. Usually, shared site hosting customers do not have full root-level access to the hosting server's config files, which basically means that they cannot access anything else on the web server aside from their own personal shared website hosting account. The site hosting resources that each account may avail of are determined by the web hosting supplier that possesses the server and by the particular web space hosting package. That gives rise to the second important question:

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

Web hosting suppliers that offer shared site hosting services typically have various webspace hosting packages. Those plans include diverse amounts of web site hosting features and specifications, which in fact set the limits that a web space hosting account will have. The customer may choose between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The web site hosting package will then define what restrictions the customer's account will include, once created. The prices and the features of the website hosting plans are specified by the actual web hosting distributor. Depending on the politics of the provider, the shared web site hosting solution falls into 2 groups - the free hosting solution and the regular shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" vendors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to announce, which one is better, since they are very different from one another and they really are dependent on the marketing strategy of the specific firm and, of course, the demands of the specific client.

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

Of course, the primary difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they provide. Free hosting providers are not capable of keeping a large number of servers, hence, they plainly accommodate more clients on one server by lowering the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the hosting servers are kept under surveillance and maintained properly, since the enormous number of accounts may cause the server to crash frequently. Most of the free web site hosting distributors, however, overlook the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite tough to come across a free site hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting vendors usually provide free client support even to the free web hosting users, since they want their web sites to expand so that they subsequently migrate to a paid website hosting package, which offers more site hosting features. Such provider, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free website hosting companies in the world.

At the same time, established shared web hosting companies such as Rai Hosting, for instance, may afford to maintain a lot of web servers and therefore, they are able to provide much more powerful web hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web site hosting service, though, does not necessarily imply that this package has a finer quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're receiving. The first-rate site hosting companies that have been around for a long time are displaying their price tags and package specs in an objective fashion, so that the customer may be aware of what exactly he is receiving. In addition, some of them give a free bonus with the website hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of fee-free site templates that are supplied by 'Rai Hosting'. Such hosting suppliers do care about their reputation and that's why if you select them, you can rest calm that you won't get fooled into paying for a solution that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I anticipate from a shared hosting service?

The shared web page hosting service is best for individuals who are looking to host a standard site, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared webspace hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business develops, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually move to a more powerful website hosting service like a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when selecting a web space hosting distributor, you should also ponder 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 cause website problems and even extended downtime for your website. Hence, going with a website hosting vendor such as 'Rai Hosting', which can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is essential and will spare you lots of annoyances in the future.