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How Does Shared Website Hosting Work?

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The most archetypal and frequently used kind of web hosting is the website hosting solution. It's a means to host your web page without having to understand much about programming and administrating a web server. In addition, it's also the most economical type of hosting and it's very affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is website hosting?

What is website hosting?

As the name hints, the website hosting solution is a kind of service where plenty of clients share the system reserves of one and the same hosting server. This means that all web server constituents like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network cards and so on, are divided among the users whose accounts are on that very same hosting server. This is typically made attainable by creating different accounts for the different users and setting some limitations and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are imposed in order to prevent the customers from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the hosting server from overburdening. Typically, website hosting clients do not have complete root access to the hosting server's config files, which primarily indicates that they cannot access anything else on the web server beside their very own website hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting company that owns the web server and by the respective website hosting package. That brings about the second vital question:

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

Web hosting companies that distribute website hosting plans usually have different website hosting packages. Those plans contain diverse amounts of hosting features and specifications, which in fact fix the restrictions that a web hosting plan will have. The user may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will befit him best. The web hosting package will then determine what restrictions the client's account will have, once set up. The costs and the specifications of the web hosting packages are fixed by the particular hosting corporation. Depending on the politics of the distributor, the website hosting service falls into 2 groups - the free hosting solution and the classic shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" distributors as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to announce, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they actually are determined by the marketing tactics of the given company and, of course, the requirements of the specific customer.

What is the difference between the free of charge and the common website hosting service?

Of course, the primary difference between the free and the paid solution is in the amount of features that they provide. Free web hosting vendors are not able to maintain a huge amount of web servers, hence, they merely accommodate more users on one single server by decreasing the quantity of resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only on condition that the web servers are supervised and maintained appropriately, since the huge number of accounts may make the server crash repeatedly. The majority of the free website hosting firms, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite hard to come across a free website hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting suppliers typically provide free technical support even to the free web hosting users, since they want their web pages to grow bigger so that they eventually migrate to a paid website hosting account, which includes more web hosting features. Such company, for instance, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free web hosting providers worldwide.

At the same time, established website hosting companies such as us, are able to keep a lot of hosting servers and therefore, we are able to provide much more powerful web hosting packages. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a website hosting plan, though, does not automatically imply that this service has a better quality. The most optimal solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a price that corresponds to the actual service which you're obtaining. In addition, we also offer a free bonus with the website hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by 100's of fee-free web skins. As a web hosting supplier, we do care about our good name and that's why if you go with us, you can be confident that you won't get tricked into paying for a solution that you cannot in fact make use of.

What should I expect from a website hosting service?

The website hosting solution is best for people who are looking to host an average web page, which is going to consume a small or medium amount of traffic every month. You cannot expect, though, that a website hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, because as your business expands, your site will become more and more demanding. Hence, you will have to eventually move to a more feature-rich website hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated web hosting, a VPS web hosting (also known as a private virtual server, or VPS), or even a dedicated web hosting. So, when choosing a web hosting distributor, you should also consider scalability, or else you might end up relocating your domain manually to a separate vendor, which can create site troubles and even extended downtime for your website. If you select Atkotech Web Services as your website hosting company, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is vital and will save you lots of complications in the future.

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