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The most elemental and frequently availed of sort of web hosting is the hosting solution. It represents a means to host your web portal without having to know much about programming and administrating a web hosting server. In addition, it's also the cheapest type of web hosting and it's quite affordable for everybody. However, what is hosting?

What is hosting?

As the name implies, the hosting service is a sort of service where multiple customers share the resources of the same web hosting server. This means that all server components like CPU, hard disk drives, RAM, network interface cards etc. are divided among the clients whose accounts are on that same server. This is normally made feasible by opening separate accounts for the separate users and appointing some limits and resource usage quotas for each of them. Those restrictions are allocated so as to prevent the clients from meddling with each other's accounts and, of course, to prevent the server from overloading. Usually, hosting customers do not have complete root access to the server's configuration files, which primarily goes to say that they do not have access to anything else on the web hosting server but their very own web hosting account. The website hosting features that each account may use are determined by the hosting supplier that owns the hosting server and by the given website hosting plan. That results in the second essential question:

How are the shared hosting servers shared among the customers?

Hosting suppliers that provide hosting services usually have diverse website hosting plans. Those plans include different amounts of website hosting features and specifications, which actually set the limitations that a website hosting account will include. The customer may choose between the different web hosting plans and sign up for the one that he deems will suit him best. The web hosting plan will then determine what limits the customer's account will have, once created. The costs and the specs of the website hosting packages are set by the particular hosting provider. Depending on the policy of the firm, the hosting solution falls into 2 types - the free hosting service and the classic shared solution, most recently very famous among "cPanel hosting" companies as a cloud web hosting one. It's not possible to affirm, which one is more preferable, since they are very different from each other and they really are determined by the marketing strategy of the particular distributor and, of course, the needs of the specific user.

What is the distinction between the free of charge and the common hosting service?

Of course, the primary difference between the free of charge and the paid service is in the quantity of features that they contain. Free web hosting providers are not able to keep a huge number of web hosting servers, hence, they plainly host more customers on a single web server by reducing the quantity of system resources offered by the accounts. This will be effective only in case the servers are supervised and maintained appropriately, since the large number of accounts may make the server crash regularly. Most of the free web hosting companies, though, overlook the quality of the service and hence, it's quite tough to stumble upon a free of cost website hosting service that's in fact worth the time. The top free hosting vendors commonly offer free technical support even to the free hosting clients, since they want their web pages to get bigger so that they subsequently migrate to a paid web hosting plan, which offers more web hosting features. One such firm, for example, is, which is among the biggest and oldest free website hosting corporations worldwide.

On the other hand, established hosting distributors like us, may afford to keep a lot of web hosting servers and hence, we may afford to offer much more feature-rich website hosting plans. Of course, that influences the cost of the website hosting packages. Paying a higher price for a hosting plan, however, does not necessarily mean that this account has a better quality. The most optimal services are the balanced ones, which offer a fee that corresponds to the concrete service which you're getting. In addition, we also provide a free bonus with the hosting package, such as the 1-click applications installer, accompanied by hundreds of cost-free web layouts. As a web hosting provider, we do look after our reputation and that's why if you go with us, you can rest calm that you won't get hoaxed into buying a plan that you cannot in fact utilize.

What should I anticipate from a hosting service?

The hosting service is best for individuals who want to host an average web portal, which is going to generate a small or medium amount of web traffic every month. You cannot anticipate, however, that a hosting account will be sufficient for your needs, since as your business grows bigger, your web page will become more and more resource consuming. Therefore, you will have to eventually migrate to a more feature-rich web hosting solution like a semi-dedicated servers, a VPS (aka a virtual hosting server, or VPS), or even a dedicated server. So, when picking a hosting provider, you should also think about scalability, otherwise you might end up migrating your domain manually to a separate provider, which can bring about site problems and even continuous downtime for your web portal. If you go with SWH - Sierra Web Hosting as your web hosting supplier, you can rest safe that we can present you with the required domain name and hosting services as you grow, is vital and will spare you lots of hassles in the future.

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