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Shared Website Hosting Description

The most basic and commonly used form of web hosting is the shared hosting service. It constitutes a means to host your web site without having to be much informed about programming and administrating a web hosting server. In addition to that, it's also the most inexpensive type of hosting and it's quite affordable for everyone. Nevertheless, what is shared hosting?

What is shared hosting?

As the name suggests, the shared hosting service is a form of service where numerous users share the system reserves of one and the same web server. This indicates that all web server elements such as CPU, hard drives, RAM, NICs and so on, are distributed among the users whose accounts are on that very same hosting server. This is typically rendered feasible by opening separate accounts for the separate clients and applying specific restrictions and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are applied in order to restrain the users from intervening with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overloading. Usually, shared hosting customers do not have root-level access to the web server's configuration files, which basically signifies that they do not have access to anything else on the web server apart from their very own website hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may use are fixed by the web hosting firm that owns the web hosting server and by the given website hosting plan. That brings about the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers split among the users?

Web hosting corporations that offer shared hosting plans normally have various web hosting packages. Those packages include diverse quotas of website hosting features and specifications, which in fact determine the limitations that a hosting package will have. The customer may select between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will fit him best. The website hosting plan will then determine what limitations the user's account will involve, once set up. The costs and the specs of the website hosting packages are determined by the given hosting firm. Depending on the politics of the distributor, the shared hosting solution can be divided into two categories - the free hosting service and the regular shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" sellers as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to say, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from each other and they actually are dependent on the business policy of the particular company and, of course, the demands of the particular client.

What is the distinction between the free of cost and the normal shared hosting solution?

Of course, the primary difference between the free of charge and the paid solution is in the amount of resources that they include. Free website hosting distributors are not capable of keeping a large number of web servers, hence, they merely host more clients on a single web hosting server by lowering the amount of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be efficient only in case the servers are kept under surveillance and tackled appropriately, because the huge number of accounts may make the server crash repeatedly. Most of the free website hosting companies, though, neglect the quality of the service and as a result, it's quite difficult to discover a free of cost web hosting solution that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting vendors normally offer free technical support even to the free website hosting users, because they want their sites to expand so that they subsequently upgrade to a paid website hosting account, which offers more website hosting resources. One such company, for instance, is, which is among the biggest and eldest free website hosting firms in the world.

On the other hand, established shared hosting firms such as us, are able to keep a lot of web servers and therefore, we are able to provide much more powerful website hosting plans. Of course, that reflects on the cost of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a website hosting account, though, does not necessarily imply that this solution has a better quality. The most advantageous solutions are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that matches the concrete service which you're obtaining. Furthermore, we also offer a free extra with the hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of cost-free web layouts. As a website hosting vendor, we do worry about our good name and that is the reason why if you pick us, you can rest confident that you won't get duped into paying for a service that you cannot in fact utilize.

What should I anticipate from a shared hosting solution?

The shared hosting service is best for those who wish to host a basic website, which is going to utilize a small or medium amount of bandwidth each month. You cannot expect, though, that a shared hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business grows bigger, your web site will become more and more demanding. Hence, you will have to ultimately migrate to a more feature-rich web hosting service such as a semi-dedicated servers, a virtual private servers (a.k.a. a virtual private hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when picking a hosting vendor, you should also reflect about scalability, or else you might end up migrating your domain manually to a different vendor, which can create web site problems and even extended downtime for your web page. If you pick Smooth Web Hosting as your website hosting provider, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is vital and will spare you lots of difficulties in the long run.