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What Exactly is Shared Web Hosting?

The most elemental and frequently utilized type of web hosting is the hosting solution. It constitutes a way to host your web page without having to understand much about programming and running a server. Additionally, it's also the most inexpensive type of web hosting and it's in fact affordable for anybody. However, what is hosting?

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As the name signifies, the hosting service is a type of service where many users share the system reserves of one and the same web hosting server. This implies that all hosting server components like CPU, hard disks, RAM, network interface cards etc. are allocated among the users whose accounts are on that very same server. This is mainly made achievable by opening different accounts for the separate users and imposing certain limits and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are appointed in order to prevent the users from interfering with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the web server from overloading. Normally, hosting users do not have complete root-level access to the web hosting server's config files, which principally implies that they cannot access anything else on the web server aside from their own personal web hosting account. The web hosting resources that each account may resort to are set by the web hosting company that owns the web hosting server and by the respective web hosting package. That gives rise to the second important question:

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

Hosting distributors that distribute hosting services usually have different web hosting plans. Those plans provide different quotas of web hosting features and specs, which in fact fix the restrictions that a web hosting plan will include. The client may pick between the individual web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he believes will befit him best. The web hosting package will then define what limitations the client's account will involve, once created. The prices and the features of the web hosting packages are chosen by the very web hosting supplier. Depending on the policy of the company, the hosting service falls into 2 types - the free hosting solution and the popular shared service, currently very popular among "cPanel hosting" providers as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to affirm, which one is better, since they are quite different from each other and they really depend on the marketing tactics of the particular distributor and, of course, the needs of the particular user.

What is the contrast between the free and the classic hosting service?

Of course, the essential difference between the free and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they involve. Free web hosting providers are not able to maintain a large number of web hosting servers, hence, they merely accommodate more clients on a single web hosting server by decreasing the quantity of system resources provided by the accounts. This will be efficient only on condition that the web hosting servers are supervised and handled properly, since the enormous number of accounts may cause the hosting server to crash over and over again. The majority of the free website hosting suppliers, however, ignore the quality of the service and as a result, it's very difficult to discover a free web hosting service that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting suppliers normally provide free customer support even to the free web hosting clients, because they want their sites to grow so that they eventually upgrade to a paid web hosting account, which includes more web hosting features. Such corporation, for example, is FreeHostia.com, which is one of the biggest and oldest free web hosting companies in the world.

On the other hand, established hosting providers like us, are able to maintain many web servers and hence, we may afford to provide much more powerful website hosting plans. Of course, that influences the pricing of the hosting plans. Paying a higher price for a website hosting package, however, does not automatically denote that this service has a better quality. The most advantageous services are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that matches the actual service which you're receiving. In addition, we also give a free extra with the web hosting plan, like the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of free web page themes. As a web hosting supplier, we do care about our reputation and that's why if you go with us, you can rest certain that you won't get fooled into paying for a package that you cannot in fact make use of.

What should I anticipate from a hosting solution?

The hosting solution is best for those who are looking to host a normal site, which is going to use a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot anticipate, 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. So, you will have to ultimately move to a more feature-rich web hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS (a.k.a. a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. Therefore, when selecting a web hosting provider, you should also ponder about scalability, or else you might end up relocating your domain manually to a different company, which can create website complications and even extended downtime for your web page. If you go with JBW Services as your web hosting company, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is crucial and will spare you a lot of headaches in the long run.