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How Does Shared Hosting Work?

Shared hosting is a service that hosting firms provide so that you can put your site online.

How can people spot your site?

When you set up a site and you would like other persons to check it out, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the site discoverable on the web by shared hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why web hosting services came into existence.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting providers offer you space for your website on their high-powered computers (servers) and ensure continuous Internet connectivity. When someone writes your domain name (for example in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can explore the content of your site.

Types of hosting

With the development of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to meet the different expectations of website possessors, among them shared hosting services, virtual server web hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared hosting

Gold plan
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$15.33 / month
Dimond plan
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$15.92 / month

Shared website hosting is the most popular type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single web server is shared among a lot of shared hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and hosting server storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of website hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire hosting server in advance, since it is shared between multiple hosting account holders, and the hosting services provider can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the required software and the web hosting solutions provider handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.

The negative side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other shared hosting account owners and if a given website becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that web hosting server, but most hosting companies, including us at Hosting, have security systems at work that impede that from taking place.

A definition of a website hosting service

Since shared hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, most hosting vendors and hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is a large competition on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosts strive to offer cheap prices and gifts with their services. We, for example, provide different website hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your funds. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will get a present - one free-of-charge domain registration.

Virtual private servers packages

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a VPS hosting server package is a possible choice. private virtual server web hosting account owners still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other private virtual web server hosting account owners, but the hard drive space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated web hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a VPS are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your private virtual hosting server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical proficiency.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the user obtains an entire dedicated hosting web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers a lot of configuration possibilities - the dedicated web hosting clients can choose the hardware and software specs that will meet their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting server is a perfect choice for a content-heavy business web site, for example - you will not share the physical server's system resources with anyone else and will receive root-level access. You will have complete authority over the physical machine, which will allow you to implement any server configuration changes that you might need. The disadvantage of the dedicated web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical knowledge is required - unless you hire an IT expert, it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated server hosting solution also costs much more, because the cost of the dedicated hosting web server isn't shared between any other clients.

A hosting advice for beginner users

If you are just starting to set up your site and need a hosting solution to begin with, the shared website hosting solution persists to be the smartest choice. If your web site outgrows your hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your data, because only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any particular time without having to worry about the time remaining until expiration. Moreover, if you finally reach the most powerful shared hosting package and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it implies that your website's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to switch to a virtual private web server hosting platform or a dedicated web hosting solution without having to switch hosting service providers.