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Shared Web Hosting Unveiled

You have a concept that you would like to transform into a website? Your very first step should be to keep your enthusiasm and find a place for your website on the web so that it will be always accessible to the whole world.

Where should you host your web site?

Because the number of sites on the World Wide Web has grown rapidly over the last several years, the demand for website hosting services has also lead to the birth of countless shared web hosting vendors. These are companies that offer you hard drive storage space for your own website on their web hosting servers.

Sorts of web hosting services

The range of hosting services varies tremendously, so do the demands of the web site possessors. The most basic web hosting type is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based user interface. Lots of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide this service free of charge. Personal website proprietors and companies can also obtain website hosting services from different web hosting providers. Personal website hosting services are usually either free, ad-sponsored, or modestly priced. Business web hosting services normally are more expensive, but because of the huge competition on the market, an increasing number of web hosts, like us at I'mHosting, deliver business web hosting services at reduced prices and with flexible billing intervals.

Kinds of sites and their prerequisites

The charge-free website hosting platform is usually sufficient for personal websites such as portfolios or online journals. A larger web site, such as a community portal or a corporate web page, requires a more advanced website hosting solution that offers database support and web application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you desire to build an e-store, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting accounts provider of your choosing. Nowadays, SSL certificates are supplied by the majority of web hosting firms.

The web hosting Control Panel

The hosting services provider typically also offers a Control Panel interface for administering your website files, electronic mail accounts, mail aliases, domain names, DNS records, etc.

Service reliability

When choosing a hosting accounts provider, service uptime is a very important factor. The availability of a website is estimated on a yearly basis by taking into consideration the time when the website is publicly available and reachable on the web. Network and service uptime guarantees, therefore, should be attentively considered when ordering a website hosting service. The best thing to do is re-examine the SLAs and the TOS of the web hosting provider of your choice in advance. Reading online reviews from current clients is also a rather smart step before you decide to subscribe.

The shared hosting solution

Corporate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.33 / month
Enterprise
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$12.00 / month
 

The most popular and inexpensive type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It offers 24/7 client support, which is a big plus for clients who do not want to deal with server maintenance tasks, but could also impede clients who want to have more authority over the web 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 alright on a shared server. Furthermore, the shared hosting solution is less expensive than other types of web hosting solutions, like the dedicated servers web hosting, since the web hosting plans provider divides the server among multiple clients. The shared web hosting platform typically involves system resource usage limitations that guarantee that the separate customers do not interfere with each other and that the server stays stable.

Handling your shared website hosting account

Shared website hosting packages usually offer a web-based hosting Control Panel user interface, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, and so on. Most of the large-size hosting providers, again like us at I'mHosting, utilize their very own personal custom-designed web hosting Control Panel user interface.

Server maintenance

With the shared website hosting platform, the hosting packages provider is responsible for managing the web and email servers, for installing server software, software updates and patches, and for providing technical support to its clients. Most servers are based on the Linux OS. The host's system administrators are in charge of keeping the Operating System up to date, unless you have a dedicated web hosting server and root-level access.