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What Exactly is Shared Website Hosting?

The most standard and regularly used kind of web hosting is the web hosting solution. It's a means to host your web page without having to understand much about programming and handling a web server. Besides, it's also the cheapest form of website hosting and it's in fact affordable for anybody. Still, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

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As the name implies, the web hosting solution is a kind of service where multiple customers share the system resources of the same web server. This means that all web server constituents such as CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards and so on, are split among the customers whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is mainly rendered attainable by setting up different accounts for the different clients and imposing some limits and usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are fixed so as to restrain the users from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the hosting server from overloading. Usually, web hosting customers do not have complete root-level access to the web hosting server's configuration files, which primarily goes to say that they do not have access to anything else on the hosting server beside their own personal hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may utilize are fixed by the hosting provider that possesses the web hosting server and by the particular web hosting package. That leads up to the second vital question:

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

Web hosting vendors that deliver web hosting packages normally have diverse website hosting plans. Those packages contain diverse amounts of hosting resources and specs, which in fact determine the limits that a hosting plan will include. The user may choose between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will fit him best. The website hosting package will then determine what limitations the client's account will include, once created. The costs and the features of the website hosting packages are determined by the actual web hosting firm. Based on the policy of the firm, the web hosting solution can be divided into 2 categories - the free hosting service and the regular shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" wholesalers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to state, which one is better, since they are very different from one another and they actually are subject to the business tactics of the specific distributor and, of course, the needs of the given customer.

What is the difference between the free of charge and the regular web hosting service?

Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the quantity of features that they contain. Free web hosting firms are not able to maintain an enormous number of hosting servers, hence, they merely accommodate more users on one single hosting server by decreasing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only if the servers are kept under surveillance and administered properly, because the great number of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash over and over again. The majority of the free hosting providers, however, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite difficult to discover a free of charge hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting providers commonly offer free customer support even to the free web hosting clients, because they want their web portals to enlarge so that they eventually move to a paid website hosting package, which includes more web hosting features. Such company, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is among the largest and eldest free web hosting companies worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional web hosting providers like us, are able to maintain a lot of web servers and therefore, we are able to offer much more feature-rich web hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a website hosting plan, however, does not necessarily denote that this package has a finer quality. The best services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the real service which you're getting. In addition, we also provide a free extra with the web hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of fee-free site layouts. As a web hosting distributor, we do care about our good name and that's why if you go with us, you can be certain that you won't get fooled into purchasing a service that you cannot in fact use.

What should I anticipate from a web hosting service?

The web hosting solution is best for those who desire to host a basic web portal, which is going to consume a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a web hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to eventually move to a more powerful website hosting service like a semi-dedicated web hosting, a VPS web hosting (also known as a virtual private web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated web hosting. Therefore, when selecting a website hosting vendor, you should also think about scalability, otherwise you might end up relocating your domain manually to a different distributor, which can create website troubles and even prolonged downtime for your web page. If you choose EbaseAfrica 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 grow, is essential and will spare you lots of inconveniences in the long run.