An explanation of web hosting
The most fundamental and regularly used form of web hosting is the shared web hosting service. It's a way to host your site without having to understand much about programming and handling a web server. Moreover, it's also the cheapest type of web space hosting and it's very affordable for anybody. Still, what is shared site hosting?
What is shared web page hosting?
As the name implies, the shared site hosting solution is a type of service where lots of clients share the reserves of one and the same hosting server. This means that all hosting server components like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, NICs and so on, are distributed among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is mostly made viable by setting up separate accounts for the separate customers and imposing certain limitations and usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are imposed so as to restrain the customers from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overburdening. Usually, shared web page hosting users do not have complete root-level access to the web hosting server's config files, which principally denotes that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server but their very own website page hosting account. The site hosting resources that each account may use are fixed by the web hosting distributor that possesses the hosting server and by the respective hosting plan. That brings about the second vital question:
How are the shared hosting web servers split among the users?
Hosting vendors that distribute shared website hosting plans usually have various web space hosting plans. Those packages include different amounts of webspace hosting resources and specifications, which in fact fix the limitations that a hosting account will have. The client may pick between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will fit him best. The webspace hosting package will then determine what limits the client's account will include, once created. The costs and the features of the hosting packages are defined by the specific hosting vendor. Based on the politics of the supplier, the shared web hosting service can be divided into two groups - the free hosting solution and the regular shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" corporations as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to announce, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from one another and they really depend on the business policy of the specific distributor and, of course, the needs of the specific client.
What is the distinction between the free and the common shared web space hosting solution?
Of course, the chief difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of features that they contain. Free web site hosting corporations are not capable of keeping a large number of web hosting servers, hence, they merely accommodate more customers on one web server by decreasing the amount of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the web servers are kept under surveillance and administered properly, since the big number of accounts may cause the web hosting server to crash time and time again. Most of the free hosting providers, though, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's very hard to come across a free of charge hosting service that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting vendors normally offer free technical support even to the free webspace hosting customers, because they want their web portals to grow so that they eventually upgrade to a paid hosting plan, which offers more web hosting resources. One such distributor, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free web space hosting vendors in the world.
At the same time, established shared web hosting corporations such as Ignite Hosting, for instance, may afford to keep multiple web servers and hence, they may afford to provide much more feature-rich site hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the web site hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a web space hosting account, though, does not automatically signify that this service has a better quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. The top web site hosting distributors that have been around for quite a while are showing their price tags and package specifications in an objective fashion, so that the customer may be aware of what exactly he is obtaining. Moreover, some of these give a free extra with the web space hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of gratis website templates that are provided by 'Ignite Hosting'. Such webspace hosting vendors do worry about their reputation and this is the reason why if you pick them, you can rest confident that you won't get duped into buying a plan that you cannot in fact avail of.
What should I expect from a shared web site hosting service?
The shared hosting service is best for people who desire to host a basic site, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared site hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business gets bigger, your website will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more feature-rich site hosting service such as a semi-dedicated server, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or why not a dedicated server. Therefore, when choosing a website hosting supplier, you should also reflect about how they can be of service to you, or else you might end up relocating your domain name manually to a separate provider, which can cause web site complications and even prolonged downtime for your web portal. Hence, going with a web site hosting distributor such as 'Ignite Hosting', which can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow, is crucial and will save you lots of annoyances in the future.