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Shared Hosting Defined

You have a conception that you would like to transform into a website? Your first move should be to sustain your inspiration and discover a place for your website online so that it will be always available for the whole world to see.

Where should you host your web site?

Because the number of web pages on the World Wide Web has increased rapidly during the last several years, the need for web hosting services has also lead to the emergence of innumerable shared hosting vendors. These are firms that offer you hard drive space for your own site on their web servers.

Varieties of hosting services

The scope of web hosting services varies considerably, so do the demands of the web site possessors. The most basic type of hosting is the small-scale file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web interface. Plenty of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) deliver this service free of cost. Personal web page proprietors and companies can also obtain web hosting services from various web hosting service providers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, advertisement-supported, or modestly priced. Business web hosting services often are more expensive, but due to the big competition on the web hosting market, a growing number of hosting vendors, like us at transcom-magichost, provide business hosting services at moderate prices and with flexible invoicing periods.

Sorts of web sites and their requirements

The free hosting solution is usually sufficient for personal sites like portfolios or online journals. A more frequently visited web site, like a community site or a corporate web page, requires a more advanced website hosting platform that provides database support and application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you desire to build an e-commerce web site, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the hosting supplier of your choosing. At present, SSL certificates are furnished by most web hosting service providers.

The web hosting Control Panel

The web hosting services provider usually also provides a hosting Control Panel interface for managing your web site files, mailboxes, email aliases, domain names, DNS records, and so on.

Service stability

When choosing a hosting solutions provider, website availability is a very important factor. The availability of a web site is calculated on an annual basis by taking into consideration the time when the web site is publicly available and reachable on the World Wide Web. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be accurately taken into account when ordering a website hosting service. The best thing to do is re-examine the service-level agreements and the Terms of Service of the hosting supplier of your choice in advance. Finding reviews from current clients is also a very intelligent step before you decide to subscribe.

The shared hosting platform

The most famous and modestly priced type of web hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It includes 24/7 client support, which is an enormous advantage for users who would not like to cope with server maintenance procedures, but could also hinder customers who desire to exercise more authority over the hosting server. For such users, a virtual private servers or a dedicated servers would be more appropriate. Most popular apps and scripts work okay on a shared web server. Additionally, the shared web hosting solution is less expensive than other kinds of hosting solutions, like the dedicated servers hosting, since the hosting supplier splits the hosting server among many customers. The shared hosting platform usually involves system resource usage limitations that guarantee that the separate clients do not intervene with each other and that the shared web server remains stable.

Managing your shared web hosting account

Shared website hosting packages typically offer a web-based Control Panel GUI, such as cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. Most of the large-size web hosting companies, again like us at transcom-magichost, utilize their own custom-developed web hosting Control Panel user interface.

Server maintenance

With the shared website hosting platform, the hosting plans provider is responsible for managing the web and e-mail servers, for installing web server software, security updates and patches, and for providing technical support to its clients. The majority of web servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The hosting vendor's system administrators are in charge of keeping the Operating System up to date, unless you have a dedicated hosting server and full server root privileges.