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A definition of hosting

The most archetypal and regularly used type of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It represents a means to host your web site without having to understand much about programming and operating a server. Moreover, it's also the most economical type of hosting and it's indeed affordable for everybody. However, what is shared site hosting?

What is shared webspace hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared web site hosting solution is a kind of service where many users share the resources of the same web hosting server. This denotes that all web hosting server components such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are allotted among the users whose accounts are on that very same hosting server. This is normally rendered feasible by creating different accounts for the separate users and setting certain limitations and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are imposed so as to prevent the users from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overloading. Usually, shared web page hosting users do not have root access to the web server's configuration files, which primarily signifies that they do not have access to anything else on the web server beside their own website hosting account. The web page hosting resources that each account may avail of are fixed by the hosting company that possesses the web server and by the particular hosting package. That leads to the second essential question:

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

Web hosting suppliers that supply shared web page hosting accounts typically have different hosting packages. Those packages include diverse amounts of web site hosting features and specs, which actually set the restrictions that a web space hosting account will have. The customer may select between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The hosting package will then determine what limitations the client's account will have, once created. The costs and the specs of the website hosting plans are determined by the particular hosting company. Depending on the policy of the distributor, the shared web page hosting service falls into 2 categories - the free hosting solution and the classic shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" merchants as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to affirm, which one is better, since they are quite different from one another and they really are subject to the business tactics of the particular distributor and, of course, the demands of the specific client.

What is the distinction between the free and the popular shared site hosting service?

Of course, the main difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the quantity of features that they provide. Free website hosting suppliers are not capable of maintaining a big amount of hosting servers, hence, they just accommodate more customers on one hosting server by reducing the amount of resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the web hosting servers are kept under surveillance and dealt with properly, because the immense number of accounts may make the web hosting server crash repeatedly. The majority of the free web hosting providers, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's very tough to find a free of cost website hosting solution that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting distributors commonly provide free client support even to the free web hosting clients, since they want their web sites to get bigger so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid site hosting package, which offers more webspace hosting resources. Such firm, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and eldest free website hosting suppliers worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting vendors like APT Cloud, for instance, are able to maintain multiple hosting servers and therefore, they are able to provide much more feature-rich web hosting plans. Of course, that affects the cost of the webspace hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a web site hosting package, however, does not necessarily denote that this plan has a better quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the concrete service which you're obtaining. The best hosting corporations that have been around for quite some time are revealing their price tags and package configurations in an objective way, so that the client may familiar with what exactly he is obtaining. Besides, some of these offer a free bonus with the site hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of gratis site skins that are supplied by 'APT Cloud'. Such web site hosting vendors do care about their good name and this is the reason why if you go with them, you can be assured that you won't get tricked into purchasing an account that you cannot in fact utilize.

What should I anticipate from a shared web hosting solution?

The shared web site hosting solution is best for people who want to host a basic web page, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared web site hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business grows bigger, your web portal will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich site hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (also known as a private virtual server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when choosing a site hosting supplier, you should also ponder about how they can be of service to you, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain name manually to a separate company, which can create site troubles and even continuous downtime for your site. So, choosing a website hosting company such as 'APT Cloud', which can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is vital and will save you a lot of inconveniences in the long run.