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Shared Website Hosting Description

The most fundamental and widely availed of type of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It's a way to host your site without having to understand much about programming and operating a server. Additionally, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's in fact affordable for anybody. However, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

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As the name implies, the shared hosting service is a type of service where plenty of customers share the system reserves of one and the same web hosting server. This denotes that all web hosting server constituents like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, NICs and so on, are divided among the clients whose accounts are on that same hosting server. This is typically rendered accomplishable by creating separate accounts for the different customers and appointing certain limits and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are applied so as to prevent the clients from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overloading. Usually, shared hosting users do not have root access to the web hosting server's config files, which basically implies that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server apart from their very own hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting company that owns the hosting server and by the respective website hosting plan. That leads to the second important question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the clients?

Web hosting providers that offer shared hosting accounts typically have diverse web hosting packages. Those packages provide diverse quotas of website hosting features and specifications, which actually define the restrictions that a hosting package will have. The customer may select between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The website hosting plan will then define what limits the user's account will involve, once set up. The prices and the features of the website hosting packages are fixed by the specific hosting supplier. Depending on the policy of the vendor, the shared hosting service falls into 2 groups - the free hosting solution and the classic shared solution, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to claim, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from each other and they actually are determined by the marketing policy of the particular company and, of course, the needs of the specific user.

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

Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they provide. Free web hosting vendors are not capable of keeping a huge number of web hosting servers, therefore, they merely host more clients on one hosting server by decreasing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only if the web servers are monitored and dealt with properly, because the immense number of accounts may make the web server crash frequently. The majority of the free hosting providers, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's very difficult to find a free of charge web hosting solution that's actually worth the time. The top free hosting companies usually provide free client support even to the free web hosting users, because they want their web sites to grow bigger so that they subsequently move to a paid website hosting account, which includes more web hosting resources. Such company, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and eldest free hosting companies worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional shared hosting providers such as us, are able to maintain lots of web hosting servers and as a result, we may afford to provide much more feature-rich web hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web hosting service, though, does not automatically imply that this service has a better quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're receiving. Besides, we also offer a free bonus with the hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of gratis website layouts. As a hosting vendor, we do worry about our reputation and that's why if you pick us, you can be calm that you won't get swindled into purchasing a package that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I expect from a shared hosting service?

The shared hosting solution is best for those who are looking to host a basic website, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business grows, your web page will become more and more demanding. Hence, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more feature-rich web hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (a.k.a. a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. So, when selecting a website hosting distributor, you should also think about scalability, or else you might end up moving your domain manually to a different vendor, which can bring about site troubles and even prolonged downtime for your web site. If you pick MICloudWeb.com as your web hosting vendor, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is essential and will spare you a lot of inconveniences in the long run.