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What is Shared Web Hosting?

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The most basic and widely availed of kind of web hosting is the hosting solution. It represents a means to host your site without having to know much about programming and operating a web hosting server. In addition to this, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's very affordable for everyone. However, what is hosting?

What is hosting?

As the name designates, the hosting service is a sort of service where plenty of customers share the system reserves of the same web hosting server. This means that all web server constituents such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are divided among the clients whose accounts are on that same web server. This is mostly made possible by creating different accounts for the different clients and setting given limitations and quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are assigned in order to restrain the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the hosting server from overloading. Usually, hosting clients do not have root access to the web hosting server's config files, which primarily goes to say that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server but their own hosting account. The web hosting features that each account may avail of are determined by the web hosting company that owns the web hosting server and by the respective web hosting package. That entails the second vital question:

How are the shared hosting servers shared among the customers?

Hosting vendors that offer hosting accounts typically have different web hosting plans. Those packages include different amounts of website hosting features and specs, which in fact determine the limitations that a web hosting package will include. The client may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will fit him best. The hosting package will then determine what limitations the customer's account will have, once created. The costs and the specs of the website hosting plans are set by the particular web hosting vendor. Based on the policy of the supplier, the hosting solution can be divided into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the common shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" merchandisers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to judge, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they indeed are determined by the business tactics of the particular provider and, of course, the needs of the given user.

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

Of course, the primary difference between the free and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they include. Free website hosting companies are not capable of maintaining a huge number of web servers, hence, they simply accommodate more clients on a single web server by decreasing the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the servers are supervised and dealt with appropriately, since the huge amount of accounts may causer the web server to crash again and again. Most of the free web hosting companies, however, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's very hard to discover a free of cost website hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting firms usually offer free client support even to the free website hosting customers, because they want their sites to grow bigger so that they subsequently move to a paid website hosting account, which includes more website hosting features. Such vendor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free web hosting distributors worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional hosting vendors such as us, may afford to maintain lots of hosting servers and as a result, we may afford to offer much more powerful hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting account, though, does not necessarily signify that this service has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. Additionally, we also provide a free extra with the hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with 100's of complimentary web site templates. As a website hosting corporation, we do worry about our good name and this is the reason why if you choose us, you can be confident that you won't get beguiled into paying for a service that you cannot in fact avail of.

What should I expect from a hosting service?

The hosting service is best for those who wish to host a normal site, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot expect, though, that a hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business expands, your website will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to ultimately upgrade to a more powerful hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated packages, a VPS (also known as a private virtual web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated package. So, when picking a hosting provider, you should also reflect about scalability, otherwise you might end up moving your domain manually to a separate distributor, which can create web site problems and even prolonged downtime for your web page. If you go with AX Cloud as your web hosting supplier, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will save you a lot of annoyances in the long run.

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