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A description of website hosting

The most elemental and frequently utilized variety of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It constitutes a means to host your web site without having to know much about programming and running a web server. Additionally, it's also the cheapest form of webspace hosting and it's indeed affordable for everyone. Still, what is shared hosting?

What is shared web space hosting?

As the name denotes, the shared web space hosting solution is a sort of service where a lot of customers share the system resources of the same server. This implies that all web server elements like CPU, hard disks, RAM, network cards etc. are split among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is mostly rendered accomplishable by creating separate accounts for the different users and allocating specific restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are set so as to restrain the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the hosting server from overloading. Usually, shared web page hosting users do not have complete root access to the web hosting server's config files, which essentially implies that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server but their very own shared website hosting account. The web space hosting features that each account may resort to are fixed by the web hosting vendor that possesses the web server and by the respective web space hosting package. That necessitates the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers shared among the users?

Hosting vendors that distribute shared site hosting plans normally have various webspace hosting packages. Those plans include different quotas of webspace hosting resources and specs, which in fact determine the limitations that a website hosting package will have. The client may pick 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 determine what limits the user's account will have, once set up. The costs and the specifications of the site hosting packages are defined by the particular web hosting company. Depending on the politics of the company, the shared webspace hosting service can be divided into 2 types - the free hosting service and the popular shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to tell, which one is better, since they are quite different from one another and they actually depend on the marketing tactics of the given supplier and, of course, the demands of the particular user.

What is the difference between the free and the standard shared web hosting service?

Of course, the principal difference between the free and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they include. Free web space hosting providers are not able to maintain a large amount of web hosting servers, therefore, they just host more customers on one single web server by decreasing the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the web hosting servers are monitored and maintained properly, because the big amount of accounts may causer the web server to crash regularly. The majority of the free website hosting firms, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's very tough to find a free of charge website hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting corporations normally offer free client support even to the free web space hosting clients, since they want their web portals to grow so that they subsequently move to a paid hosting package, which offers more webspace hosting features. Such provider, for instance, is, which is among the largest and eldest free web space hosting companies worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional shared web hosting corporations such as GeeksCloud, for example, may afford to keep multiple web servers and so, they may afford to provide much more powerful webspace hosting plans. Of course, that influences the pricing of the web site hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a site hosting package, though, does not necessarily imply that this solution has a finer quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that corresponds to the real service which you're getting. The best hosting companies that have been around for a long time are displaying their price tags and plan specs in a realistic manner, so that the client may be informed of what exactly he is obtaining. Furthermore, some of them give a free extra with the website hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of free-of-charge website templates that are supplied by 'GeeksCloud'. Such hosting companies do care about their reputation and this is the reason why if you choose them, you can rest certain that you won't get duped into purchasing an account that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I expect from a shared webspace hosting service?

The shared web site hosting solution is best for individuals who wish to host an average web site, which is going to consume a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared web hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows, your site will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more feature-rich web space hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a private virtual server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when choosing a web hosting vendor, you should also consider how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up transferring your domain name manually to a different supplier, which can bring about website troubles and even continued downtime for your site. Hence, picking a hosting supplier such as 'GeeksCloud', which can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will spare you lots of nuisances in the long run.