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Shared Web Hosting Clarified

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

How can people access your website?

When you set up a site and you would like other individuals to see it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to make the web site accessible on the web by shared web hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why website hosting services appeared.

How does shared web hosting work?

Web hosting service providers provide you with hard drive storage space for your website on their powerful computers (web servers) and ensure constant Internet connection. When someone writes your URL (for instance in their browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the server where they can have a peek at the content of your website.

Hosting types

With the progress of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into being to match the different expectations of web site proprietors, among them shared website hosting services, virtual web server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
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$19.50 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
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$13.33 / month

Shared web hosting is the most commonly used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where one single web server is divided among a lot of hosting clients who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and disk drive space quotas that they have been allotted. This form of hosting is usually cheaper - you don't need to buy the entire web server in advance, as it is shared among a lot of hosting customers, and the hosting vendor can afford to offer much lower prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting solutions provider handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.

The weak side of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's resources with other individuals and if one site becomes really busy it may affect (and slow down) all the other websites on that hosting server, but most web hosting vendors, including us at AeroGateway, have security systems in place that impede that from taking place.

A definition of a website hosting service

Because shared hosting is the most common form of web hosting, most web hosting service providers and web hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is a considerable competition on the web hosting marketplace, most web hosting providers try to offer cheap prices and gifts with their web hosting services. We, for example, offer different hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, depending on your finances. If you select the annual invoicing cycle, you will obtain a gift - one free-of-cost domain name registration.

VPS web hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The VPS web hosting solution is basically the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared hosting plan, a VPS server web hosting package is a suitable choice. private virtual server hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual web server hosting clients, but the hard disk is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured practically like a full-fledged dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS server are not shared. In addition, the virtualization technology gives you much more freedom to configure your private virtual server, but it also calls for a higher degree of technical expertise.

Dedicated Server Web Hosting

With the Dedicated Server Web Hosting solution, the user obtains an entire hosting server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most flexible of all hosting solutions and offers multiple configuration options - the dedicated hosting users can choose the hardware and software specifications that will meet their needs. Dedicated system resources and no-holds-barred performance are two reasons why a dedicated web server hosting plan is an excellent option for a heavy resource-consuming corporate portal, for example - you will not share the dedicated hosting web server's system resources with anyone else and will be granted root-level access. You will exercise full authority over the web server, which will allow you to implement any configuration modifications that you might need. The downside of the dedicated hosting solution is that a higher degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you employ an IT professional, it will be your obligation to administer and configure the dedicated web server. The dedicated web hosting solution also costs far more, since the cost of the dedicated hosting server isn't shared between any other users.

A hosting recommendation for beginner users

If you are just beginning to build your web site and are looking for a website hosting solution to start with, the shared website hosting solution remains the most sensible choice. If your website grows beyond your shared hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your web site files, because only the features of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your website hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without worrying about the time left until the expiration date. Besides, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting package and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it signifies that your website's popularity has increased!), there always is the option to move to a VPS server hosting solution or a dedicated web server hosting platform without the need to change web hosting service providers.