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What is Shared Website Hosting?

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The most primary and commonly utilized sort of web hosting is the hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your web site without having to understand much about programming and operating a server. Furthermore, it's also the most inexpensive form of website hosting and it's quite affordable for everybody. Still, what is hosting?

What is hosting?

As the name signifies, the hosting solution is a type of service where plenty of customers share the resources of the same hosting server. This signifies that all web hosting server elements like CPU, hard disks, RAM, network cards and so on, are divided among the users whose accounts are on that same hosting server. This is normally rendered accomplishable by opening separate accounts for the different users and appointing given limits and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are allocated in order to prevent the customers from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overburdening. Normally, hosting customers do not have root access to the server's configuration files, which basically implies that they cannot access anything else on the server beside their very own hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may utilize are fixed by the hosting vendor that possesses the hosting server and by the respective web hosting plan. That gives rise to the second essential question:

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

Web hosting corporations that deliver hosting services commonly have different web hosting plans. Those packages contain diverse amounts of web hosting features and specs, which in fact set the limitations that a web hosting account will include. The user may select between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what limitations the user's account will include, once created. The costs and the specs of the hosting plans are fixed by the given hosting vendor. Based on the policy of the provider, the hosting solution can be divided into 2 groups - the free hosting service and the common shared service, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" suppliers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to judge, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from each other and they really depend on the marketing policy of the particular firm and, of course, the requirements of the given client.

What is the contrast between the free and the regular hosting service?

Of course, the major difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they contain. Free website hosting vendors are not able to keep a great amount of web hosting servers, hence, they merely accommodate more customers on one web server by reducing the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the servers are kept under surveillance and dealt with appropriately, since the large number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash frequently. Most of the free hosting companies, though, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite difficult to come across a free of cost website hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting vendors usually provide free client support even to the free web hosting customers, since they want their web sites to grow so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid website hosting package, which includes more web hosting features. Such supplier, for example, is, which is one of the biggest and eldest free web hosting vendors worldwide.

At the same time, traditional hosting companies like us, may afford to maintain a lot of web hosting servers and therefore, we may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting plans. Of course, that affects the cost of the hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a web hosting account, though, does not necessarily denote that this plan has a finer quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a price that matches the concrete service which you're obtaining. In addition, we also give a free bonus with the hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of charge-free web page layouts. As a website hosting firm, we do worry about our good name and that is the reason why if you choose us, you can rest certain that you won't get swindled into buying an account that you cannot actually use.

What should I anticipate from a hosting service?

The hosting solution is best for those who are looking to host a standard web site, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business gets bigger, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually move to a more feature-rich web hosting service such as a semi-dedicated packages, a VPS (a.k.a. a private virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated package. So, when selecting a web hosting provider, you should also ponder about scalability, or else you might end up transferring your domain manually to a different company, which can cause site problems and even continued downtime for your site. If you go with Host Gate as your website hosting company, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is essential and will save you a lot of frustrations in the long run.

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