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Definition of Shared Web Hosting

You have an idea that you want to turn into a web page? Your first step should be to retain your enthusiasm and discover a spot for your site on the Internet 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 World Wide Web has increased exponentially over the last few years, the demand for website hosting services has also lead to the emergence of innumerable shared web hosting distributors. These are firms that offer you disk drive space for your own site on their servers.

Kinds of web hosting services

The scope of hosting services varies hugely, so do the demands of the web site owners. The most basic type of hosting is the small-size file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based Control Panel. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer this service free of charge. Personal website proprietors and corporations can also get hosting services from various web hosting suppliers. Personal website hosting services are usually either free, advertisement-supported, or cheap. Business web hosting services often are more expensive, but owing to the great competition on the hosting marketplace, a growing number of web hosting vendors, like us at DDD Web Services, distribute business web hosting services at lowered prices and with flexible billing periods.

Types of web sites and their requirements

The free web hosting platform is usually sufficient for personal websites like portfolios or online diaries. A more resource-demanding web site, such as a social networking site or a corporate page, requires a more powerful hosting solution that offers database support and web application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you desire to build an e-shop, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting supplier of your choosing. At present, Secure Sockets Layer certificates are provided by most hosting vendors.

The hosting Control Panel

The web hosting supplier typically also offers a web hosting Control Panel tool for managing your web content, email accounts, e-mail aliases, domain names, DNS records, etc.

Service stability

When picking a hosting plan, website accessibility is a very vital aspect. The availability of a web site is calculated on a yearly basis by taking into account the time when the web site is publicly available and visible on the web. Network and service uptime guarantees, therefore, should be mindfully taken into account when signing up for a hosting package. You should double-check the SLAs and the ToS of the web hosting supplier of your choosing in advance. Finding reviews from existing clients is also a quite reasonable move before you make up your mind to register.

The shared hosting solution

The most widely used and modestly priced type of web hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It offers 24/7 support, which is a huge upside for clients who would not like to deal with server maintenance tasks, but could also hamper users who desire to exercise more authority over the hosting server. For such clients, a virtual private servers or a dedicated server web hosting would be more suitable. Most popular apps and scripts work okay on a shared hosting server. In addition, the shared web hosting solution costs less than other kinds of web hosting solutions, like the dedicated servers web hosting, because the web hosting solutions provider divides the shared hosting server among lots of customers. The shared hosting solution typically includes resource usage restrictions that ensure that the different users do not interfere with each other and that the server remains stable.

Managing your shared web hosting account

Shared hosting plans usually offer a web-based web hosting Control Panel, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, and so on. Most of the large web hosts, again like us at DDD Web Services, utilize their very own custom-designed hosting Control Panel user interface.

Web server maintenance

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