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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

The most fundamental and widely availed of sort of web hosting is the hosting solution. It's a way to host your web site without having to know much about programming and handling a web server. Additionally, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's in fact affordable for everyone. However, what is hosting?

What is hosting?

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As the name implies, the hosting solution is a form of service where numerous users share the system reserves of the same web hosting server. This implies that all web server components like CPU, hard drives, RAM, NICs etc. are shared among the clients whose accounts are on that same web server. This is typically rendered accomplishable by creating separate accounts for the separate users and applying certain limitations and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those limits are allocated so as to hinder the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overloading. Typically, hosting users do not have root-level access to the server's configuration files, which essentially means that they cannot access anything else on the web server apart from their very own web hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may use are set by the web hosting provider that owns the web server and by the respective website hosting plan. That brings about the second important question:

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

Hosting corporations that supply hosting packages typically have diverse web hosting packages. Those packages contain diverse amounts of web hosting features and specifications, which actually define the limitations that a web hosting account will have. The user may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will fit him best. The hosting package will then determine what limits the user's account will have, once created. The prices and the specs of the web hosting plans are set by the particular hosting supplier. Depending on the politics of the company, the hosting service falls into two groups - the free hosting solution and the popular shared service, most recently very popular among "cPanel hosting" firms as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to state, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they actually are subject to the business policy of the particular distributor and, of course, the needs of the given customer.

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

Of course, the primary difference between the free of cost and the paid service is in the amount of features that they offer. Free website hosting vendors are not capable of maintaining a big number of web servers, therefore, they plainly accommodate more clients on one single server by decreasing the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the hosting servers are supervised and maintained appropriately, because the big number of accounts may make the server crash time and time again. Most of the free hosting firms, though, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's quite tough to come across a free of cost website hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting suppliers commonly offer free customer support even to the free web hosting users, since they want their websites to get bigger so that they eventually move to a paid web hosting account, which offers more web hosting features. One such vendor, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free website hosting providers worldwide.

On the other hand, traditional hosting firms such as us, are able to maintain lots of web servers and therefore, we are able to offer much more powerful website hosting packages. Of course, that affects the cost of the web hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a hosting package, though, does not necessarily denote that this account has a finer quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the concrete service which you're receiving. Also, we also offer a free extra with the website hosting plan, such as the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of free-of-cost site templates. As a web hosting distributor, we do look after our reputation and that is the reason why if you go with us, you can be confident that you won't get fooled into buying an account that you cannot in fact utilize.

What should I expect from a hosting service?

The hosting service is best for persons who desire to host an average web site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of web traffic each month. You cannot expect, however, that a hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business expands, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. Hence, you will have to eventually move to a more powerful web hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual private web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a website hosting provider, you should also reflect about scalability, otherwise you might end up moving your domain manually to a different company, which can bring about website predicaments and even continued downtime for your site. If you choose sknhosting as your web hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can present you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you grow, is vital and will save you lots of frustrations in the long run.