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What is Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is a service that web hosts offer so that you can publish your site on the Internet.

How can people open your website?

When you set up a web site and you would like other people to visit it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a server. If you attempt to render the website reachable on the web by shared hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it online all the time, which is why hosting services came into existence.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting distributors offer you data storage space for your website on their high-powered computers (servers) and guarantee uninterrupted network connectivity. When someone writes your web site address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can see the content of your web site.

Hosting types

With the progress of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to satisfy the different requirements of web site owners, among them shared web hosting services, virtual web server hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.

Shared website hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.75 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$5.42 / month

Shared website hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single server is divided among plenty of clients who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web server hard drive storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of website hosting is normally cheaper - you don't have to pay for the whole hosting server upfront, since it is divided between lots of hosting customers, and the web hosting supplier can afford to provide much more moderate prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-installed with all the necessary software and the web hosting provider takes care of all server maintenance procedures and security updates on your behalf.

The weak side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other customers and if one site becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the sites on that hosting server, but most hosting providers, including us at HostExcel, have security systems at work that hinder that from occurring.

A description of a hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most commonly used type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting providers and hosting users simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an immense competition on the website hosting market, the majority of hosting providers try to offer cheap prices and gifts with their services. We, for instance, provide different hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, based on your budget. If you pick the annual billing cycle, you will obtain a present - one free-of-charge domain name registration.

Virtual private servers

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared web hosting account, a virtual server hosting plan is a good solution. VPS web hosting users still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other virtual web server hosting clients, but the hard disk space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual web server are not shared. Additionally, the virtualization software offers you much more freedom to configure your virtual server, but it also presupposes a more advanced level of technical competence.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer obtains a whole dedicated web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most reliable of all website hosting solutions and offers plenty of configuration options - the customers can select the hardware and software specs that will satisfy their demands. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web server hosting package is a perfect choice for a content-heavy corporate web portal, for example - you will not share the physical machine's system resources with anyone else and will be given full root-level access. You will exercise full authority over the server, which will permit you to make any configuration modifications that you might need. The weakness of the dedicated server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical knowledge is needed - unless you engage an Information Technology specialist, it will be your duty to administer and configure the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated server hosting solution is also far more expensive, because the cost of the physical server isn't shared between any other clients.

A website hosting advice for novices

If you are just beginning to set up your site and are searching for a web hosting solution to start out with, the shared website hosting solution remains the wisest option. If your website outgrows your shared hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your web site files, because only the parameters of your web hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without having to worry about the number of days left until expiration. Additionally, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your website's popularity has grown!), there always is the option to migrate to a virtual server hosting platform or a dedicated server hosting solution without having to switch web hosting service providers.