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Shared Hosting Description
Shared hosting is a service that hosting distributors offer so that you can publish your site on the World Wide Web.
How can people find your site?
When you build a site and you would like other people to notice it, you will have to publish (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to render the site visible on the World Wide Web by shared hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why website hosting services appeared.
How does shared hosting work?
Web hosting distributors provide you with content storage space for your web site on their powerful computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee constant Internet connection. When someone writes your URL (for instance www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can take a gaze at the content of your website.
With the development of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to match the different demands of website proprietors, including shared website hosting services, private virtual server hosting services and dedicated hosting services.
Shared website hosting
Shared website hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single server is shared among numerous shared hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, traffic and web hosting server hard drive storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This type of website hosting is typically less expensive - you don't need to buy the entire web hosting server upfront, as it is shared between lots of web hosting customers, and the hosting supplier can afford to provide much more moderate prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the hosting solutions provider handles all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.
The setback of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's system resources with other shared web hosting account owners and if one website becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that web hosting server, but most web hosting providers, including us at Xgen Hosting, have protection systems at work that prevent that from occurring.
A description of a website hosting service
Since shared hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, most web hosting service providers and web hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a great competition on the web hosting market, most hosting firms strive to provide modest prices and bonuses with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different website hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your finances. If you pick the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one free domain registration.
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a private virtual web server is an appropriate option. VPS hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual web server hosting clients, but the disk drive is partitioned using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed resources and can be configured practically like a real dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual web server are not shared. Besides, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your VPS web hosting server, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical knowledge.
With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the customer gets a whole web hosting server and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web hosting solution is the most powerful of all hosting solutions and offers tons of customization possibilities - the dedicated server hosting clients can choose the hardware and software specs that will answer their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server hosting package is an excellent choice for a data-heavy business web site, for example - you will not share the hosting server's resources with anyone else and will have full server root privileges. You will have complete authority over the physical machine, which will enable you to make any server configuration changes that you might need. The weak side of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical proficiency is required - unless you employ an IT pro, it will be your duty to administer and configure the server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also much more costly, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other users.
A website hosting advice for beginners
If you are just beginning to build your site and need a website hosting solution to start with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the best option. If your website outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your data, since only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the remaining time before expiration. Also, if you eventually reach the most powerful shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your web site's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to switch to a VPS server web hosting platform or a dedicated server without needing to change hosting service providers.