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What Indeed is Shared Hosting?

The most fundamental and popularly used variety of web hosting is the shared hosting solution. It constitutes a means to host your web page without having to be much informed about programming and administrating a server. In addition, it's also the cheapest form of hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

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As the name implies, the shared hosting solution is a type of service where many clients share the reserves of the same hosting server. This denotes that all web server components such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are allotted among the clients whose accounts are on that same server. This is typically made feasible by creating different accounts for the separate clients and setting some limitations and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are allocated in order to restrain the users from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the web hosting server from overburdening. Typically, shared hosting customers do not have full root-level access to the web server's configuration files, which principally goes to say that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server apart from their own personal web hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may utilize are set by the web hosting distributor that possesses the web hosting server and by the given web hosting package. That leads to the second vital question:

How are the shared web hosting servers shared among the users?

Web hosting companies that supply shared hosting services usually have diverse web hosting packages. Those packages provide diverse quotas of website hosting features and specifications, which in fact define the restrictions that a web hosting plan will include. The customer may choose between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The web hosting plan will then determine what limits the user's account will have, once set up. The prices and the specifications of the web hosting packages are determined by the specific hosting vendor. Based on the policy of the provider, the shared hosting solution falls into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the typical shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" companies as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to say, which one is better, since they are quite different from one another and they indeed are determined by the marketing policy of the particular provider and, of course, the needs of the given client.

What is the distinction between the free and the common shared hosting service?

Of course, the essential difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they contain. Free web hosting vendors are not capable of keeping a large amount of web servers, hence, they just host more customers on a single web server by lowering the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only on condition that the web servers are supervised and administered properly, since the big number of accounts may causer the web server to crash again and again. The majority of the free hosting firms, though, ignore the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite tough to find a free web hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting firms normally provide free client support even to the free web hosting clients, since they want their web sites to grow bigger so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid website hosting plan, which includes more hosting features. One such firm, for example, is, which is one of the biggest and eldest free web hosting distributors in the world.

On the other hand, established shared hosting companies such as us, may afford to maintain plenty of web servers and so, we are able to offer much more feature-rich web hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a web hosting account, though, does not necessarily denote that this service has a finer quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the real service which you're obtaining. Also, we also offer a free extra with the website hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of charge-free web page themes. As a web hosting provider, we do care about our good name and this is the reason why if you go with us, you can be confident that you won't get deceived into buying a package that you cannot in fact use.

What should I expect from a shared hosting service?

The shared hosting solution is best for individuals who wish to host a normal website, which is going to swallow a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, though, that a shared hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business enlarges, your web portal will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more powerful web hosting solution like a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (also known as a virtual server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when selecting a website hosting supplier, you should also consider scalability, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain manually to a different distributor, which can bring about site predicaments and even prolonged downtime for your web site. If you go with In the Cloud Company Hosting as your web hosting company, you can rest safe that we can supply 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.