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What is Shared Web Hosting?

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The most elemental and commonly used type of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It constitutes a means to host your web portal without having to understand much about programming and running a web server. Additionally, it's also the cheapest type of website hosting and it's very affordable for everybody. Nonetheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name implies, the shared hosting solution is a kind of service where multiple clients share the system resources of one and the same hosting server. This implies that all web server ingredients such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, NICs and so on, are apportioned among the users whose accounts are on that same server. This is typically made feasible by opening different accounts for the separate users and fixing some restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limitations are applied in order to hinder the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the hosting server from overloading. Normally, shared hosting users do not have complete root-level access to the web server's configuration files, which principally implies that they do not have access to anything else on the web server but their own web hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may use are fixed by the hosting firm that possesses the server and by the respective web hosting plan. That gives rise to the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers divided among the customers?

Web hosting firms that offer shared hosting solutions commonly have diverse website hosting packages. Those plans contain different quotas of website hosting features and specs, which actually define the limitations that a web hosting package will have. The customer may pick between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will fit him best. The website hosting package will then define what limits the client's account will involve, once opened. The prices and the features of the website hosting packages are set by the given web hosting distributor. Based on the politics of the provider, the shared hosting solution can be divided into two types - the free hosting solution and the normal shared solution, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" merchants as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to affirm, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they actually are dependent on the business policy of the particular supplier and, of course, the requirements of the specific customer.

What is the distinction between the free of cost and the classic shared hosting solution?

Of course, the primary difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they offer. Free web hosting providers are not able to maintain a huge number of servers, therefore, they plainly host more customers on a single web hosting server by reducing the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the servers are monitored and tackled appropriately, because the enormous number of accounts may make the web server crash frequently. Most of the free website hosting firms, though, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's very tough to come across a free of charge website hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting firms normally offer free client support even to the free website hosting users, because they want their sites to grow bigger so that they subsequently migrate to a paid website hosting package, which offers more website hosting resources. Such distributor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free website hosting firms in the world.

At the same time, established shared hosting firms such as us, are able to maintain lots of web hosting servers and hence, we are able to provide much more powerful web hosting packages. Of course, that influences the pricing of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting solution, however, does not necessarily signify that this plan has a better quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're receiving. Moreover, we also provide a free extra with the web hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of free-of-cost themes. As a hosting firm, we do worry about our good name and that's why if you pick us, you can rest confident that you won't get hoaxed into purchasing an account that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I expect from a shared hosting service?

The shared hosting solution is best for people who want to host a standard web page, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot expect, though, that a shared hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows bigger, your web portal will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich website hosting service such as a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (aka a private virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting. Therefore, when picking a website hosting vendor, you should also ponder about scalability, or else you might end up moving your domain manually to a separate vendor, which can create website problems and even prolonged downtime for your site. If you pick Asia Pacific Hosting as your website hosting company, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow bigger, is vital and will spare you lots of headaches in the long run.

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