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How Shared Website Hosting Functions

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The most basic and widely utilized form of web hosting is the shared web hosting solution. It represents a means to host your site without having to know much about programming and handling a web server. Furthermore, it's also the most inexpensive form of web hosting and it's very affordable for everybody. However, what is shared web hosting?

What is shared web hosting?

As the name indicates, the shared web hosting service is a type of service where plenty of users share the reserves of one and the same web server. This means that all web server constituents such as CPU, hard disks, RAM, NICs etc. are divided among the users whose accounts are on that same web server. This is mostly rendered tenable by setting up separate accounts for the different users and fixing given limitations and usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are fixed so as to prevent the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to hinder the server from overburdening. Normally, shared web hosting users do not have complete root-level access to the web server's configuration files, which basically means that they cannot access anything else on the hosting server apart from their very own web hosting account. The website hosting resources that each account may resort to are determined by the hosting distributor that owns the web hosting server and by the respective website hosting plan. That entails the second essential question:

How are the shared web hosting servers shared among the users?

Hosting firms that distribute shared web hosting plans typically have various website hosting packages. Those plans involve diverse quotas of web hosting features and specifications, which in fact determine the limitations that a website hosting account will include. The client may select between the separate web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he thinks will befit him best. The website hosting plan will then determine what limitations the customer's account will involve, once opened. The prices and the specifications of the web hosting plans are set by the actual web hosting supplier. Depending on the politics of the company, the shared web hosting solution falls into two types - the free hosting solution and the standard shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" companies as a cloud web hosting one. It's impossible to announce, which one is more preferable, since they are quite different from one another and they indeed are subject to the business tactics of the given company and, of course, the needs of the given client.

What is the difference between the free of cost and the regular shared web hosting service?

Of course, the primary difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they involve. Free hosting providers are not capable of keeping a great amount of hosting servers, hence, they merely accommodate more clients on a single web server by decreasing the quantity of resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only if the web hosting servers are monitored and administered appropriately, since the huge amount of accounts may make the hosting server crash regularly. The majority of the free website hosting providers, however, overlook the quality of the service and therefore, it's very difficult to find a free of cost web hosting service that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting firms normally provide free client support even to the free hosting clients, since they want their web portals to get bigger so that they eventually upgrade to a paid website hosting account, which includes more website hosting features. One such supplier, for example, is, which is among the biggest and eldest free website hosting suppliers in the world.

On the other hand, established shared web hosting vendors like us, may afford to maintain a lot of servers and therefore, we are able to offer much more feature-rich website hosting plans. Of course, that influences the cost of the web hosting plans. Paying a higher fee for a web hosting solution, however, does not automatically denote that this plan has a better quality. The best solutions are the balanced ones, which involve a fee that corresponds to the concrete service which you're getting. Also, we also offer a free extra with the web hosting package, like the 1-click applications installer, complemented with hundreds of charge-free site skins. As a web hosting provider, we do worry about our good name and that's why if you choose us, you can rest confident that you won't get swindled into buying a service that you cannot actually make use of.

What should I expect from a shared web hosting service?

The shared web hosting service is best for people who wish to host a normal web page, which is going to devour a small or medium amount of traffic each month. You cannot expect, however, that a shared web hosting account will last you a lifetime, since as your business expands, your web portal will become more and more resource consuming. So, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich web hosting solution such as a semi-dedicated server web hosting, a VPS web hosting (a.k.a. a virtual web server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server web hosting. Therefore, when choosing a website hosting company, you should also consider scalability, or else you might end up moving your domain manually to a separate provider, which can create website troubles and even continued downtime for your site. If you choose sknhosting as your website hosting vendor, you can rest safe that we can supply you with the required domain name and hosting services as you get bigger, is essential and will save you lots of annoyances in the future.

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