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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is a service that hosting companies provide so that you can upload your website to the web.

How can people access your website?

When you make a site and you would like other individuals to check it out, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you try to make the website available on the Internet by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why web hosting services came into existence.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting firms offer you hard disk storage space for your website on their high-powered computers (hosting servers) and guarantee uninterrupted network connectivity. When somebody types your URL (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can take a peek at the content of your website.

Web hosting varieties

With the advancement of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into being to answer the different requirements of website owners, among them shared web hosting services, VPS server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Shared website hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to commence with. It is a service where a single server is divided among lots of hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web hosting space quotas that they have been assigned. This type of website hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't have to pay for the entire web server upfront, as it is divided between many clients, and the web hosting provider can afford to provide much lower prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting services provider handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.

The weakness of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other hosting users and if one website becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other sites on that hosting server, but the majority of web hosting firms, including us at , have security platforms at work that hinder that from occurring.

A description of a hosting service

Because shared hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, most web hosting firms and web hosting clients simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of hosting distributors strive to provide reasonable prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for example, offer different web hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will get a bonus - one charge-free domain name registration.

Virtual private servers

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your web site outgrows the resources offered by your shared hosting account, a VPS plan is an excellent solution. VPS server web hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other Virtual Private Server web hosting customers, but the disk drive is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated web hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS web server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization software gives you much more autonomy to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical competence.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the user gets a whole dedicated hosting web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most reliable of all website hosting solutions and offers multiple customization possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting users can choose the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting package is an excellent option for a regularly visited business portal, for example - you will not share the web hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will be granted full root access. You will exercise complete control over the physical machine, which will enable you to make any server configuration changes that you might need. The downside of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a higher level of technical proficiency is required - unless you engage an IT professional, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the physical machine. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more costly, since the cost of the physical machine isn't shared between any other customers.

A hosting recommendation for novices

If you are just starting to set up your website and need a web hosting solution to begin with, the shared hosting solution persists to be the best option. If your site grows beyond your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your website files, since only the parameters of your account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given time without worrying about the number of days left until the expiration date. Besides, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared web hosting package and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to migrate to a VPS web server or a dedicated server without needing to swap web hosting service providers.