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How Does Shared Hosting Operate?

You have an idea that you want to turn into a web site? Your first step should be to sustain your enthusiasm and find a spot for your website online so that it will be constantly available for the whole world to see.

Where should you host your site?

Since the number of websites on the web has grown exponentially during the last few years, the demand for hosting services has also lead to the emergence of countless shared hosting firms. These are firms that offer you disk storage space for your own website on their servers.

Varieties of hosting services

The ambit of hosting services fluctuates vastly, so do the needs of the website possessors. The most basic web hosting type is the small-size file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based interface. Plenty of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer this service free of cost. Personal web page proprietors and companies can also obtain web hosting services from various web hosting providers. Personal web hosting services are typically either free, ad-financed, or moderately priced. Business website hosting services normally are more expensive, but because of the great rivalry on the hosting marketplace, a growing number of web hosting corporations, like us at East Texas Web Hosting, distribute business website hosting services at lowered prices and with flexible invoicing periods.

Types of sites and their requirements

The free-of-cost web hosting platform is normally sufficient for personal web sites such as portfolios or online blogs. A more regularly visited site, like a community website or a corporate web site, requires a more advanced hosting platform that provides database support and web application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you want to launch an e-commerce portal, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting provider of your choice. Today, SSL certificates are furnished by the majority of hosting firms.

The hosting Control Panel

The hosting distributor normally also provides a web hosting Control Panel GUI for handling your files, electronic mail addresses, electronic mail aliases, domains, DNS records, etc.

Service reliability

When choosing a hosting services provider, service uptime is a very vital criterion. The accessibility of a web site is estimated on an annual basis by taking into consideration the time when the website is publicly accessible and viewable online. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be cautiously considered when signing up for a website hosting package. The best thing to do is double-check the SLAs and the Terms of Use of the hosting vendor of your choice in advance. Finding online reviews from current clients is also a rather clever move before you reach a decision to register.

The shared hosting solution

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$6.37 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$11.00 / month

The most widely used and inexpensive type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It includes 24x7 support, which is an enormous plus for customers who do not wish to deal with server maintenance tasks, but could also obstruct users who would like to exert more authority over the web server. For such customers, a virtual private servers or a dedicated servers would be more appropriate. Most standard applications and scripts work fine on a shared server. Moreover, the shared hosting solution is less expensive than other kinds of hosting solutions, such as the dedicated servers hosting, because the hosting solutions provider splits the web server among numerous customers. The shared hosting platform usually involves resource usage limits that ensure that the different clients do not meddle with each other and that the server stays stable.

Administering your shared website hosting account

Shared website hosting plans normally offer a web-based Control Panel interface, such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, and so on. Most of the big hosting firms, again like us at East Texas Web Hosting, utilize their very own personal custom-made web hosting Control Panel.

Web server maintenance

With the shared website hosting solution, the service provider is responsible for administering the web and email servers, for installing web server software, software updates and patches, and for offering tech support to its clients. The majority of servers are based on the Linux OS. The hosting supplier's admins are in charge of maintaining the Operating System up to date, unless you have a dedicated hosting server and full root-level access.