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What Precisely is Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting is a service that hosting vendors provide so that you can publish your website on the World Wide Web.

How can people discover your site?

When you set up a website and you wish other individuals to access it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a hosting server. If you try to make the site accessible on the World Wide Web by shared hosting it on your own PC, there is no way for you to keep it always online, which is why web hosting services exist.

How does shared hosting work?

Hosting vendors provide you with hard drive space for your website on their high-powered computers (web hosting servers) and ensure continuous website accessibility. When somebody writes your website address (e.g. in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the hosting server where they can explore the content of your web site.

Web hosting varieties

With the advancement of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to meet the different needs of website owners, including shared website hosting services, VPS hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.33 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$5.00 / month

Shared website hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to begin with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is shared between numerous shared hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and web hosting server disk drive storage space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of website hosting is typically cheaper - you don't need to purchase the whole server in advance, since it is divided between many users, and the hosting company can afford to offer much more affordable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web server is pre-configured with all the necessary software and the hosting solutions provider handles all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.

The weak side of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the web hosting server's system resources with other hosting customers and if a given site becomes very busy it may affect (and slow down) the rest of the web sites on that server, but most hosting firms, including us at Tamaraw Hosting, have security platforms at work that obstruct that from taking place.

A definition of a web hosting service

Because shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of web hosting, the majority of hosting providers and hosting users simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a great competition on the hosting marketplace, the majority of web hosting service providers try to provide modest prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, provide different web hosting packages and two billing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-charge domain name registration.

VPS hosting

VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated web server hosting solution. If your website grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting package, a virtual private web hosting server is an excellent solution. virtual server hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other VPS hosting users, but the disk space is split up using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated resources and can be configured almost like a real dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a VPS hosting server are not shared. Moreover, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your VPS server, but it also calls for a higher level of technical know-how.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the user gets an entire dedicated server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated hosting solution is the most robust of all website hosting solutions and offers a myriad of customization possibilities - the dedicated server web hosting users can pick the hardware and software specifications that will match their needs. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated hosting package is a perfect option for a heavy resource-devouring business web site, for example - you will not share the web server's resources with anyone else and will get root privileges. You will exercise full authority over the web server, which will allow you to implement any configuration modifications that you might need. The setback of the dedicated hosting solution is that a higher level of technical proficiency is required - unless you hire an Information Technology expert, it will be your obligation to manage and configure the dedicated hosting server. The dedicated web hosting solution is also much more expensive, because the cost of the dedicated server isn't shared among any other customers.

A website hosting tip for beginners

If you are just beginning to create your website and need a web hosting solution to start out with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the most relevant choice. If your web site grows beyond your web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is extremely easy and requires no migration of your data, because only the features of your account change. You can also upgrade your web hosting package to a more powerful one at any given moment without worrying about the number of days left before the expiration date. Additionally, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it suggests that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the option to move to a virtual web hosting server or a dedicated hosting platform without needing to change web hosting service providers.