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Shared Hosting Explanation

The most elemental and regularly utilized variety of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It's a means to host your website without having to understand much about programming and running a server. What's more, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

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As the name denotes, the shared hosting service is a sort of service where multiple customers share the system reserves of one and the same web server. This goes to say that all web hosting server constituents such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are split among the clients whose accounts are on that same server. This is mostly rendered attainable by creating separate accounts for the different customers and appointing given limits and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are set so as to hinder the customers from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overburdening. Typically, shared hosting users do not have root-level access to the web hosting server's configuration files, which primarily means that they do not have access to anything else on the server beside their very own web hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may utilize are fixed by the hosting distributor that possesses the web hosting server and by the particular website hosting package. That brings on the second vital question:

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

Hosting corporations that furnish shared hosting accounts commonly have diverse website hosting packages. Those plans contain diverse amounts of website hosting features and specs, which in fact fix the limits that a website hosting account will include. The client may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will suit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what restrictions the customer's account will include, once opened. The costs and the specifications of the web hosting packages are set by the given web hosting vendor. Depending on the politics of the distributor, the shared hosting service can be divided into two groups - the free hosting solution and the regular shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" distributors 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 actually are subject to the business policy of the given company and, of course, the requirements of the particular client.

What is the distinction between the free and the common shared hosting solution?

Of course, the main difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they offer. Free web hosting vendors are not able to keep a large number of hosting servers, therefore, they plainly host more clients on one single hosting server by reducing the amount of resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the hosting servers are supervised and handled appropriately, since the big amount of accounts may make the web server crash repeatedly. The majority of the free website hosting providers, however, ignore the quality of the service and hence, it's quite tough to find a free of cost hosting solution that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting vendors normally provide free client support even to the free hosting clients, because they want their web pages to grow bigger so that they subsequently move to a paid website hosting plan, which includes more website hosting resources. Such company, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and oldest free website hosting providers in the world.

At the same time, established shared hosting firms like us, are able to maintain numerous servers and hence, we are able to provide much more powerful website hosting plans. Of course, that influences the pricing of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a hosting package, though, does not necessarily signify that this package has a finer quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the real service which you're receiving. In addition, we also give a free extra with the web hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of cost-free web page templates. As a web hosting distributor, we do care about our reputation and this is the reason why if you pick us, you can be certain that you won't get beguiled into paying for a solution that you cannot actually use.

What should I expect from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting solution is best for persons who wish to host a normal site, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business develops, your site will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to eventually migrate to a more powerful web hosting service like a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (aka a virtual private web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when choosing a hosting vendor, you should also consider scalability, otherwise you might end up moving your domain manually to a different vendor, which can create site problems and even continued downtime for your web site. If you go with Mad Dog Web Hosting as your web hosting supplier, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will save you a lot of difficulties in the long run.