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What Precisely is Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is a service that hosting corporations offer so that you can upload your web site to the web.

How can people discern your web site?

When you build a site and you want other people to access it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the web site available on the web by shared hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly online, which is why hosting services exist.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting service providers offer you hard drive space for your web site on their high-power computers (servers) and guarantee constant website availability. When somebody types your web address (for instance in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can have a gaze at the content of your web site.

Types of web hosting

With the advance of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the different demands of web site owners, including shared website hosting services, private virtual web server hosting services and dedicated web hosting services.

Shared hosting

Shared web hosting is the most common type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web server is shared between lots of clients who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web server disk storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of web hosting is normally cheaper - you don't need to purchase the whole server upfront, since it is shared between a lot of users, and the hosting services provider can afford to offer much cheaper prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the required software and the hosting supplier handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.

The weak side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other web hosting account holders and if one website becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web hosting server, but most web hosting distributors, including us at Cloud Web Solutions, have security platforms in place that hinder that from taking place.

A description of a web hosting service

Since shared hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most web hosting suppliers and web hosting users simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is an enormous competition on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting companies endeavor to provide reasonable prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your resources. If you pick the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one charge-free domain name registration.

Virtual private servers

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting package, a VPS hosting plan is a good option. private virtual web server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other Virtual Private Server web hosting account holders, but the physical machine is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual hosting server are not shared. Also, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual web server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical competence.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer gets a whole dedicated web hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most reliable of all website hosting solutions and offers countless configuration options - the dedicated web hosting users can select the hardware and software specs that will answer their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated hosting server is a perfect choice for a resource-swallowing corporate portal, for instance - you will not share the hosting server's system resources with anyone else and will be bestowed with full root access. You will exert full control over the physical server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration modifications that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical know-how is needed - unless you engage an Information Technology specialist, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more high-priced, since the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared among any other clients.

A website hosting tip for novices

If you are just beginning to develop your site and are looking for a hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the most sensible choice. If your site outgrows your shared web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your website files, since only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any given moment without worrying about the time remaining until the expiration date. Furthermore, if you finally reach the most powerful shared web hosting package and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your web site's popularity has grown!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web server hosting solution without needing to swap hosting service providers.