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What Does Shared Hosting Represent?

Shared hosting is a service that hosting suppliers provide so that you can upload your site to the World Wide Web.

How can people open your web site?

When you create a site and you wish other persons to visit it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web hosting server. If you attempt to render the web site reachable online by shared hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why hosting services came into existence.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting providers provide you with hard drive storage space for your web site on their high-power computers (web hosting servers) and guarantee continuous Internet connection. When somebody types your web site address (e.g. in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can take a peek at the content of your site.

Types of web hosting

With the development of Internet technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to answer the various requirements of website proprietors, including shared website hosting services, VPS server web hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.

Shared hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.25 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.00 / month

Shared web hosting is the most widely used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one single hosting server is divided between a lot of hosting customers who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web hosting server hard disk storage space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of web hosting is typically less expensive - you don't have to purchase the entire hosting server in advance, as it is divided between lots of users, and the hosting vendor can afford to offer much cheaper prices. It is also easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-configured with all the required software and the web hosting solutions provider takes care of all server maintenance tasks and security updates on your behalf.

The disadvantage of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other shared hosting account owners and if a given site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other websites on that web hosting server, but the majority of hosting distributors, including us at Blinding Edge Hosting, have security systems at work that impede that from occurring.

A description of a web hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most commonly used type of web hosting, most web hosting providers and hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the web hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting distributors try to offer reasonable prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, provide different web hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your resources. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a present - one free-of-charge domain name registration.

Virtual private servers plans

VPS is an acronym 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 hosting account, a private virtual web hosting server is a suitable solution. VPS server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical machine with other VPS web server hosting clients, but the hard disk drive is partitioned using special virtualization software 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 Private Server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your virtual server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the customer gets a whole physical machine and can use all its system resources. The dedicated web server hosting solution is the most flexible of all web hosting solutions and offers numerous customization possibilities - the dedicated web server hosting customers can select the hardware and software specs that will fulfill their demands. Dedicated resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web server hosting plan is a perfect solution for a resource-devouring corporate website, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's resources with anyone else and will obtain full root-level access. You will have complete control over the hosting server, which will permit you to make any server configuration changes that you might require. The drawback of the dedicated server web hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, you will be responsible for administering and configuring the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also far more high-priced, because the cost of the physical machine isn't shared among any other users.

A web hosting advice for beginner users

If you are just starting to create your site and are searching for a website hosting solution to commence with, the shared web hosting solution remains the most sensible choice. If your web site grows beyond your web hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and does not involve migration of your data, since only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without worrying about the time left until the expiration date. What is more, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still need more resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your website's popularity has risen!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a VPS server hosting solution or a dedicated server hosting solution without the need to switch hosting service providers.