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What is Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is a service that hosting corporations offer so that you can upload your web site to the web.

How can people discover your web site?

When you set up a website and you want other people to check it out, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to render the website reachable online by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, 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?

Hosting firms offer you hard disk space for your site on their high-end computers (web servers) and ensure uninterrupted network connectivity. When somebody types your URL (for instance in their web browser's address bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can take a glimpse at the content of your website.

Web hosting varieties

With the advance of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to answer the different expectations of web site proprietors, among them shared website hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
£2.75 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
£3.92 / month

Shared web hosting is the most popular type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one web server is shared between multiple web hosting clients who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting server disk space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of hosting is commonly less expensive - you don't need to purchase the entire hosting server upfront, as it is shared between numerous hosting account holders, and the hosting services provider can afford to provide much cheaper prices. It is also much easier to use - the server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the web hosting solutions provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates on your behalf.

The disadvantage of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other shared web hosting account holders and if a given site becomes really popular it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that server, but most web hosts, including us at TextSocial Hosting Services, have protection platforms at work that hinder that from occurring.

A definition of a website hosting service

Since shared web hosting is the most common type of web hosting, most web hosting companies and hosting clients simply call it web hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense rivalry on the hosting market, the majority of hosting companies try to offer reasonable prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your budget. If you pick the yearly billing cycle, you will receive a present - one charge-free domain name registration.

Virtual private servers

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your website outgrows the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a virtual private web server hosting package is a good choice. VPS hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other Virtual Private Server hosting account owners, but the disk drive space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a full-fledged dedicated hosting server. The upside is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a virtual web server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical competence.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the client obtains a whole dedicated hosting web server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most flexible of all web hosting solutions and offers a myriad of configuration options - the dedicated server web hosting customers can choose the hardware and software specifications that will satisfy their requirements. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated web server is an excellent choice for a high resource-consuming business portal, for example - you will not share the hosting server's resources with anyone else and will be granted root-level access. You will exert complete control over the web hosting server, which will allow you to make any server configuration changes that you might require. The disadvantage of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical know-how is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology specialist, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the physical server. The dedicated web server hosting solution is also much more costly, because the cost of the dedicated web hosting server isn't shared among any other customers.

A website hosting tip for novices

If you are just starting to create your site and are searching for a website hosting solution to start with, the shared hosting solution persists to be the smartest choice. If your web site outgrows your shared website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not involve migration of your files, since only the features of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting package to a more advanced one at any given moment without worrying about the time remaining before the expiration date. Besides, if you finally reach the most powerful shared website hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your web site's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to switch to a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web server hosting solution without having to swap hosting providers.