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An interpretation of website hosting

The most principal and universally used variety of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It constitutes a means to host your website without having to be much informed about programming and administrating a web hosting server. What's more, it's also the most inexpensive type of web site hosting and it's quite affordable for everybody. Still, what is shared web space hosting?

What is shared web hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared webspace hosting service is a type of service where numerous users share the resources of one and the same web server. This means that all web hosting server ingredients like CPU, hard disks, RAM, network cards etc. are divided among the users whose accounts are on that same web server. This is mainly rendered viable by opening different accounts for the separate clients and imposing specific limitations and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are applied so as to hinder the clients from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overburdening. Typically, shared web page hosting users do not have full root-level access to the hosting server's config files, which essentially means that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server aside from their own shared web hosting account. The web page hosting features that each account may use are fixed by the web hosting supplier that possesses the web server and by the respective web hosting plan. That entails the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers shared among the users?

Web hosting providers that supply shared web page hosting services normally have various website hosting plans. Those packages contain diverse amounts of site hosting resources and specs, which actually fix the limits that a web space hosting package will include. The customer may select between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The web hosting plan will then define what restrictions the user's account will involve, once opened. The costs and the specifications of the hosting plans are chosen by the particular web hosting supplier. Depending on the politics of the distributor, the shared site hosting solution can be divided into two types - the free hosting service and the standard shared service, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" providers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to allege, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they really depend on the business policy of the specific provider and, of course, the needs of the given user.

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

Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they offer. Free hosting providers are not able to maintain an enormous number of servers, hence, they just accommodate more clients on one web server by reducing the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the hosting servers are supervised and maintained properly, because the great number of accounts may make the web server crash frequently. Most of the free web site hosting distributors, though, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite difficult to come across a free web space hosting service that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting distributors normally offer free technical support even to the free site hosting clients, since they want their websites to expand so that they eventually migrate to a paid webspace hosting plan, which includes more web hosting resources. Such provider, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the biggest and eldest free hosting corporations in the world.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting suppliers like Data Host Africa, for example, may afford to keep plenty of hosting servers and so, they may afford to provide much more feature-rich web site hosting plans. Of course, that influences the cost of the webspace hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a hosting service, however, does not necessarily imply that this plan has a better quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the concrete service which you're getting. The top-notch website hosting corporations that have been around for a long time are showing their prices and package features in an objective fashion, so that the client may be informed of what in fact he is getting. Also, some of them offer a free bonus with the hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of charge-free web design themes that are provided by 'Data Host Africa'. Such website hosting distributors do care about their good name and that is the reason why if you pick them, you can rest certain that you won't get swindled into paying for a package that you cannot actually use.

What should I expect from a shared site hosting solution?

The shared web page hosting solution is best for individuals who want to host a basic web page, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared web site hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business enlarges, your web site will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more feature-rich web site hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting provider, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up migrating your domain name manually to a separate supplier, which can cause web site problems and even extended downtime for your web site. So, going with a webspace hosting provider like 'Data Host Africa', which can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is essential and will spare you a lot of inconveniences in the long run.