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How Does Shared Hosting Operate?

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The most primary and widely used type of web hosting is the web hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your site without having to know much about programming and administrating a hosting server. Besides, it's also the cheapest form of hosting and it's indeed affordable for anybody. Nonetheless, what is web hosting?

What is web hosting?

As the name hints, the web hosting service is a form of service where a lot of customers share the resources of one and the same web hosting server. This indicates that all web hosting server components like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards etc. are divided among the clients whose accounts are on that same web hosting server. This is typically rendered possible by opening different accounts for the different users and applying specific restrictions and quotas for each of them. Those limits are set in order to restrain the customers from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the hosting server from overburdening. Usually, web hosting customers do not have complete root access to the web server's configuration files, which primarily means that they cannot access anything else on the server apart from their own hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may use are determined by the hosting vendor that owns the hosting server and by the respective web hosting plan. That causes the second vital question:

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

Hosting vendors that supply web hosting packages usually have various website hosting plans. Those packages offer diverse amounts of website hosting resources and specs, which in fact fix the restrictions that a hosting plan will include. The client may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will suit him best. The web hosting package will then determine what limits the client's account will involve, once opened. The costs and the specs of the web hosting packages are set by the actual hosting vendor. Based on the policy of the supplier, the web hosting service can be divided into 2 types - the free hosting solution and the standard shared solution, currently very famous among "cPanel hosting" providers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to claim, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they really are dependent on the business tactics of the particular distributor and, of course, the needs of the given client.

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

Of course, the major difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the amount of resources that they provide. Free web hosting companies are not capable of keeping an immense number of web servers, hence, they simply host more customers on a single hosting server by reducing the amount of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be effective only on condition that the web servers are kept under surveillance and handled properly, because the enormous amount of accounts may make the hosting server crash repeatedly. The majority of the free web hosting distributors, though, neglect the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite hard to stumble upon a free of charge web hosting service that's in fact worth the effort. The top free hosting firms typically provide free client support even to the free web hosting users, since they want their websites to enlarge so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid hosting package, which includes more website hosting features. Such vendor, for example, is, which is one of the biggest and eldest free website hosting vendors worldwide.

On the other hand, established web hosting suppliers such as us, are able to maintain multiple web servers and as a result, we are able to offer much more powerful web hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the pricing of the website hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting plan, though, does not necessarily imply that this plan has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which offer a price that corresponds to the real service which you're obtaining. What's more, we also provide a free bonus with the website hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of gratis templates. As a website hosting firm, we do care about our reputation and that's why if you pick us, you can rest confident that you won't get deceived into purchasing a solution that you cannot actually avail of.

What should I expect from a web hosting solution?

The web hosting service is best for those who desire to host a standard website, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of bandwidth every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a web hosting account will last you a lifetime, because as your business grows bigger, your web site will become more and more demanding. Therefore, you will have to eventually upgrade to a more powerful web hosting solution like a semi-dedicated hosting, a VPS hosting (aka a private virtual web hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated hosting.Therefore, when picking a web hosting company, you should also ponder about scalability, otherwise you might end up transferring your domain manually to a different distributor, which can cause web site complications and even prolonged downtime for your website. If you select Social Stream ME as your web hosting supplier, you can rest safe that we can provide you with the needed domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will save you a lot of troubles in the future.

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