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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is a service that hosting service providers provide so that you can publish your web site on the Internet.

How can people check out your site?

When you develop a web site and you want other individuals to notice it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you attempt to render the website visible on the Internet by shared hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why web hosting services came into existence.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting providers offer you hard disk storage space for your website on their high-power computers (web servers) and ensure continuous website accessibility. When somebody writes your website address (for example in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can take a look at the content of your website.

Web hosting varieties

With the advancement of web technologies, different types of web hosting services have come into being to fulfill the different expectations of web site possessors, including shared web hosting services, virtual private web server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
£3.13 / month
Pro Plus
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
£6.67 / month

Shared web hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one single hosting server is shared between many shared hosting account holders who are restricted by the CPU, traffic and hosting server disk storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of hosting is generally less expensive - you don't need to purchase the whole web server in advance, as it is shared between plenty of clients, and the hosting provider can afford to provide much cheaper prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the web hosting supplier handles all server maintenance tasks and software updates for you.

The negative side of the shared hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other web hosting clients and if a given site becomes very popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other websites on that web server, but most web hosting providers, including us at ABC HOST, have protection systems at work that hinder that from happening.

A description of a website hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most popular form of web hosting, the majority of web hosting providers and hosting customers simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is an extensive competition on the website hosting marketplace, most hosting suppliers endeavor to provide low prices and gifts with their services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your budget. If you select the annual billing cycle, you will get a present - one charge-free domain name registration.

VPS hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a virtual private hosting server package is a possible choice. VPS web server hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS server web hosting customers, but the physical machine is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a private virtual web hosting server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your private virtual server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the user obtains a whole physical machine and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most reliable of all web hosting solutions and offers tons of customization possibilities - the dedicated server hosting users can choose the hardware and software specs that will match their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting server is an excellent option for a high resource-requiring business site, for example - you will not share the dedicated server's system resources with anyone else and will have full server root privileges. You will have full authority over the server, which will permit you to make any configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical proficiency is needed - unless you hire an IT professional, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also far more expensive, since the cost of the physical server isn't shared between any other users.

A website hosting recommendation for beginner users

If you are just beginning to develop your web site and are looking for a hosting solution to commence with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most logical choice. If your web site outgrows your hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is extremely easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, because only the parameters of your account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting package to a more advanced one at any given moment without having to worry about the number of days left before the expiration date. Besides, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still require more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to migrate to a Virtual Private Server web hosting solution or a dedicated hosting web server without the need to switch web hosting providers.