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What is Shared Hosting?

You have a notion that you desire to transform into a web page? Your very first move should be to retain your inspiration and discover a spot for your site on the Internet so that it will be constantly visible to the whole world.

Where should you host your site?

Because the number of web pages on the web has grown exponentially in the last few years, the need for web hosting services has also lead to the birth of incalculable shared hosting companies. These are companies that offer you hard drive space for your own web site on their web hosting servers.

Kinds of web hosting services

The reach of hosting services varies greatly, so do the demands of the web site owners. 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-based GUI. Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer this service free of cost. Personal website possessors and corporations can also obtain web hosting services from different hosting service providers. Personal website hosting services are typically either free, advertisement-financed, or inexpensive. Business web hosting services often cost more, but owing to the gigantic competition on the web hosting market, an increasing number of hosting corporations, like us at Host Cape, supply business website hosting services at inexpensive prices and with flexible billing intervals.

Kinds of sites and their prerequisites

The free-of-charge website hosting platform is generally sufficient for personal web sites like portfolios or online diaries. A more resource-consuming website, such as a community portal or a corporate web page, calls for a more advanced website hosting platform that offers database support and web application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you want to establish an e-commerce site, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the host of your choosing. Nowadays, SSL certificates are offered by the majority of web hosting companies.

The web hosting Control Panel

The hosting provider usually also provides a hosting Control Panel user interface for administering your website files, e-mail boxes, mailbox aliases, domain names, DNS records, and so on.

Service reliability

When picking a hosting distributor, service uptime is a very important criterion. The accessibility of a web site is measured on an annual basis by taking into account the time when the website is publicly accessible and reachable on the Internet. Network and service uptime guarantees, therefore, should be accurately examined when ordering a web hosting package. The best thing to do is re-examine the SLAs and the Terms of Use of the provider of your choosing in advance. Reading reviews from current clients is also a quite reasonable move before you decide to sign up.

The shared hosting platform

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The most widely used and inexpensive type of web hosting service is the shared web hosting solution. It offers 24x7x365 support, which is an enormous benefit for customers who do not wish to deal with server maintenance tasks, but could also hamper customers who desire to exercise more control over the server. For such users, a virtual private servers or a dedicated servers would be more suitable. Most popular applications and scripts work fine on a shared hosting web server. What's more, the shared web hosting solution costs less than other types of web hosting solutions, such as the dedicated hosting, because the web hosting packages provider divides the server among plenty of users. The shared web hosting platform normally includes usage limits that ensure that the different clients do not intervene with each other and that the web server remains stable.

Managing your shared hosting account

Shared web hosting packages normally offer a web-based web hosting Control Panel interface, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. Most of the large-size web hosting companies, again like us at Host Cape, make use of their very own custom-made web hosting Control Panel.

Server maintenance

With the shared website hosting solution, the hosting accounts provider is responsible for managing the web and mail servers, for installing web server software, software updates and patches, and for offering technical support to its customers. The majority of web servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The host's sysadmins are in charge of keeping the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated server and complete root access.

 

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