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What Indeed is Shared Web Hosting?

The most archetypal and universally used variety of web hosting is the shared hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your web portal without having to know much about programming and handling a web hosting server. In addition to this, it's also the most inexpensive type of hosting and it's quite affordable for anybody. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

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As the name implies, the shared hosting service is a sort of service where multiple users share the system resources of one and the same hosting server. This indicates that all hosting server elements such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, network interface cards etc. are allotted among the users whose accounts are on that same server. This is usually rendered viable by setting up separate accounts for the separate users and fixing some restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are applied so as to prevent the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web server from overburdening. Usually, shared hosting users do not have full root access to the server's config files, which essentially goes to say that they cannot access anything else on the web hosting server beside their very own web hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may use are fixed by the web hosting vendor that owns the web hosting server and by the particular web hosting plan. That gives rise to the second important question:

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

Web hosting firms that supply shared hosting plans usually have different web hosting plans. Those packages contain different amounts of web hosting resources and specs, which in fact fix the restrictions that a hosting package will have. The user may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what limitations the client's account will have, once created. The costs and the specs of the website hosting plans are chosen by the actual web hosting corporation. Depending on the politics of the provider, the shared hosting service falls into two groups - the free hosting service and the common shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" vendors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to state, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from one another and they indeed depend on the business tactics of the specific company and, of course, the needs of the particular customer.

What is the difference between the free and the classic shared hosting solution?

Of course, the essential difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they contain. Free website hosting companies are not capable of maintaining an enormous amount of web hosting servers, hence, they merely accommodate more customers on one single web server by decreasing the quantity of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only if the web hosting servers are kept under surveillance and administered appropriately, because the large amount of accounts may make the web server crash repeatedly. Most of the free website hosting firms, though, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's very tough to discover a free web hosting service that's actually worth the effort. The top free hosting firms normally provide free client support even to the free website hosting clients, because they want their websites to get bigger so that they eventually migrate to a paid web hosting plan, which includes more website hosting resources. One such corporation, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the largest and eldest free web hosting corporations worldwide.

At the same time, traditional shared hosting corporations like us, are able to maintain multiple web servers and hence, we may afford to provide much more powerful web hosting plans. Of course, that influences the pricing of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting solution, though, does not automatically imply that this plan has a better quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a price that matches the real service which you're getting. What's more, we also give a free bonus with the website hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of gratis website layouts. As a web hosting companie, we do worry about our reputation and that's why if you choose us, you can rest confident that you won't get beguiled into paying for a service that you cannot actually utilize.

What should I expect from a shared hosting service?

The shared hosting solution is best for individuals who are looking to host a normal web portal, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich website hosting service like a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (also known as a virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. Therefore, when picking a website hosting supplier, you should also ponder about scalability, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain manually to a different company, which can create site predicaments and even continuous downtime for your site. If you pick Detroit Hosting as your web hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will spare you lots of inconveniences in the future.