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What Does Shared Hosting Stand for?

You have an idea that you would like to convert into a web page? Your very first step should be to uphold your inspiration and discover a place for your page on the World Wide Web so that it will be always visible to the whole world.

Where should you host your web page?

Since the number of web sites on the World Wide Web has grown exponentially over the last few years, the demand for web hosting services has also lead to the birth of countless shared hosting distributors. These are firms that offer you data storage space for your own web page on their web hosting servers.

Types of web hosting services

The range of hosting services fluctuates greatly, so do the demands of the web page proprietors. The most basic type of web hosting is the small-size file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web interface. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer this service free of cost. Personal web page owners and firms can also get web hosting services from different web hosts. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, advertisement-supported, or inexpensive. Business website hosting services usually cost more, but because of the big competition on the hosting market, an escalating number of web hosting companies, like us at Grab Bag Hosting, deliver business website hosting services at budget prices and with flexible billing periods.

Sorts of sites and their prerequisites

The free-of-charge website hosting platform is generally sufficient for personal websites like portfolios or blogs. A bigger site, like a social network or a corporate web portal, needs a more advanced website hosting solution that provides database support and application development platforms (including PHP). If you want to create an e-shop, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting distributor of your choice. These days, SSL certificates are supplied by most hosting distributors.

The hosting Control Panel

The hosting supplier normally also provides a Control Panel interface for administering your website files, e-mailboxes, mail aliases, domains, DNS records, etc.

Service uptime

When choosing a hosting packages provider, website availability is a very essential criterion. The availability of a website is assessed on a yearly basis by taking into consideration the time when the website is publicly available and visible on the web. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be meticulously considered when ordering a hosting package. You should re-examine the service-level agreements and the Terms & Conditions of the hosting vendor of your choice in advance. Reading reviews from current clients is also a rather clever move before you make up your mind to sign up.

The shared hosting platform

Basic
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$4.60 / month
Entry
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.50 / month
 

The most widespread and affordably priced type of web hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It offers 24/7 customer support, which is a big plus for customers who would not like to cope with server maintenance procedures, but could also hinder users who would like to exert more control over the web hosting server. For such users, a virtual private servers or a dedicated servers would be more suitable. Most popular apps and scripts work fine on a shared hosting web server. Moreover, the shared web hosting solution costs less than other kinds of hosting solutions, such as the dedicated servers hosting, because the hosting provider divides the shared server among a lot of customers. The shared hosting platform usually includes usage limits that guarantee that the different customers do not meddle with each other and that the hosting server remains stable.

Managing your shared website hosting account

Shared website hosting packages usually offer a web-based web hosting Control Panel user interface, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. Most of the large hosting corporations, again like us at Grab Bag Hosting, utilize their very own personal custom-developed Control Panel user interface.

Server maintenance

With the shared website hosting platform, the hosting vendor is responsible for administering the web and electronic mail servers, for installing web server software, software updates and patches, and for providing technical support to its clients. The majority of web servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The web host's sysadmins are responsible for maintaining the Operating System up to date, unless you have a dedicated web hosting server and root access.