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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?

You have a notion that you want to convert into a web page? Your first move should be to uphold your enthusiasm and find a place for your website on the World Wide Web so that it will be always available for the whole world to see.

Where should you host your web site?

Since the number of sites on the web has increased rapidly in the last few years, the demand for hosting services has also lead to the emergence of incalculable shared hosting companies. These are companies that offer you hard drive storage space for your own site on their web servers.

Types of web hosting services

The ambit of hosting services fluctuates considerably, so do the requirements of the web site proprietors. The most basic type of hosting is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based user interface. A lot of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide this service free of cost. Personal web page proprietors and corporations can also obtain website hosting services from different web hosting providers. Personal website hosting services are usually either free, ad-supported, or low-priced. Business web hosting services often are more expensive, but thanks to the enormous competition on the hosting marketplace, a growing number of web hosting distributors, like us at 24onlinehost, distribute business website hosting services at discounted prices and with flexible invoicing cycles.

Types of web sites and their prerequisites

The free website hosting solution is generally sufficient for personal websites like portfolios or blogs. A larger site, such as a social networking web site or a corporate portal, needs a more advanced website hosting package that offers database support and web application development platforms (for example PHP). If you wish to set up an e-commerce portal, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the web host of your choice. Today, Secure Sockets Layer certificates are provided by most hosting vendors.

The web hosting Control Panel

The web hosting plans provider normally also offers a Control Panel GUI for administering your website files, mail accounts, e-mail aliases, domain names, DNS records, etc.

Service dependability

When choosing a hosting distributor, network uptime is a very vital factor. The accessibility of a web site is assessed on a yearly basis by taking into consideration the time when the website is publicly available and visible on the Internet. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be cautiously examined when signing up for a hosting service. You should double-check the SLAs and the Terms of Use of the web hosting accounts provider of your choosing in advance. Reading reviews from existing clients is also a quite relevant move before you reach a decision to register.

The shared hosting platform

The most widely used and modestly priced type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It includes round-the-clock client support, which is a big asset for customers who would not like to cope with server maintenance procedures, but could also obstruct customers who want to have more control over the web hosting server. For such users, a virtual private servers or a dedicated servers would be more appropriate. Most popular applications and scripts work fine on a shared web hosting server. Furthermore, the shared web hosting solution is more affordable than other kinds of hosting solutions, such as the dedicated hosting, because the web hosting services provider divides the shared web hosting server among a lot of users. The shared hosting platform normally includes system resource usage restrictions that guarantee that the different clients do not intervene with each other and that the shared server remains stable.

Administering your shared website hosting account

Shared website hosting plans usually offer a web-based Control Panel GUI, such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. The majority of the large hosting suppliers, again like us at 24onlinehost, make use of their very own custom-made hosting Control Panel.

Server maintenance

With the shared website hosting platform, the web hosting accounts provider is responsible for managing the web and e-mail servers, for installing server software, software updates and patches, and for offering tech support to its customers. The majority of web servers are based on the Linux OS. The web hosting supplier's sysadmins are in charge of keeping the Operating System up to date, unless you have a dedicated web server and complete root access.