A definition of hosting
The most standard and frequently availed of variety of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It represents a way to host your site without having to know much about programming and running a web server. Moreover, it's also the cheapest type of website hosting and it's indeed affordable for everybody. Nevertheless, what is shared site hosting?
What is shared hosting?
As the name designates, the shared web space hosting service is a type of service where a lot of customers share the system reserves of one and the same hosting server. This denotes that all web server constituents like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards etc. are apportioned among the clients whose accounts are on that same server. This is normally made viable by setting up different accounts for the different clients and allocating certain restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those limitations are set so as to hinder the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overloading. Normally, shared webspace hosting clients do not have full root-level access to the hosting server's config files, which basically indicates that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server but their own shared web hosting account. The web space hosting features that each account may use are set by the web hosting firm that possesses the web hosting server and by the given website hosting plan. That brings on the second important question:
How are the shared hosting servers divided among the users?
Web hosting distributors that supply shared web page hosting accounts usually have diverse web space hosting packages. Those plans include different quotas of web space hosting resources and specifications, which actually define the limits that a website hosting plan will include. The customer may select between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will befit him best. The web hosting package will then determine what limitations the client's account will have, once set up. The costs and the specs of the web hosting plans are determined by the particular hosting vendor. Depending on the politics of the supplier, the shared site hosting service can be divided into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the classic shared service, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to say, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from one another and they actually are dependent on the business strategy of the specific corporation and, of course, the demands of the specific customer.
What is the distinction between the free of cost and the typical shared web hosting service?
Of course, the chief difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the quantity of resources that they contain. Free web hosting corporations are not able to maintain a big amount of servers, hence, they merely accommodate more customers on a single web hosting server by reducing the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only if the web hosting servers are monitored and dealt with appropriately, because the large number of accounts may make the hosting server crash repeatedly. Most of the free hosting suppliers, though, ignore the quality of the service and hence, it's quite tough to come across a free web space hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting providers usually provide free client support even to the free webspace hosting clients, because they want their web sites to enlarge so that they eventually upgrade to a paid webspace hosting account, which includes more web space hosting resources. Such corporation, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free web site hosting suppliers worldwide.
At the same time, established shared web hosting suppliers like GS Studios, for example, are able to maintain many servers and therefore, they may afford to provide much more feature-rich website hosting packages. Of course, that affects the cost of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a web site hosting service, though, does not necessarily signify that this account has a better quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the concrete service which you're receiving. The best website hosting companies that have been around for quite some time are showing their price tags and package configurations in a realistic fashion, so that the customer may be informed of what in fact he is receiving. Besides, some of these give a free extra with the web hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of fee-free web page skins that are furnished by 'GS Studios'. Such webspace hosting suppliers do care about their reputation and that's why if you go with them, you can be calm that you won't get deceived into paying for an account that you cannot in fact use.
What should I expect from a shared web space hosting solution?
The shared web page hosting service is best for individuals who wish to host an average web page, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared web space hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business expands, your site will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more feature-rich site hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. So, when choosing a web site hosting company, you should also ponder about how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up relocating your domain name manually to a separate vendor, which can cause web site problems and even prolonged downtime for your site. Therefore, going with a hosting distributor such as 'GS Studios', which can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow, is vital and will save you lots of frustrations in the long run.