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Shared Web Hosting Clarified

You have a notion that you wish to turn into a web site? Your very first move should be to keep your enthusiasm and find a place for your website online so that it will be constantly available for the whole world to see.

Where should you host your web page?

Because the number of sites on the web has grown exponentially during the last several years, the demand for website hosting services has also lead to the birth of innumerable shared web hosting companies. These are companies that offer you disk storage space for your own site on their hosting servers.

Kinds of web hosting services

The ambit of web hosting services varies tremendously, so do the requirements of the web site owners. The most basic type of hosting is the small-size file hosting solution, where files can be uploaded using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a web-based interface. Lots of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer this service free of cost. Personal website owners and corporations can also get website hosting services from different hosting vendors. Personal website hosting services are usually either free, advertisement-subsidized, or cheap. Business website hosting services typically are more expensive, but due to the immense competition on the marketplace, an escalating number of web hosting firms, like us at Blue Gel Media, offer business web hosting services at budget prices and with flexible invoicing intervals.

Types of web sites and their prerequisites

The free-of-charge web hosting platform is generally sufficient for personal websites such as portfolios or online diaries. A more complex site, like a community web site or a corporate web page, necessitates a more advanced website hosting platform that provides database support and web application development platforms (e.g. PHP). If you desire to set up an e-commerce portal, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) must be supported by the web hosting solutions provider of your choice. Nowadays, Secure Sockets Layer certificates are offered by the majority of hosting service providers.

The hosting Control Panel

The hosting distributor usually also provides a Control Panel graphical user interface for administering your files, e-mail boxes, mail aliases, domains, DNS records, and so on.

Service dependability

When choosing a hosting accounts provider, network uptime is a very essential criterion. The availability of a web site is assessed on an annual basis by taking into consideration the time when the web site is publicly accessible and visible online. Network and service availability guarantees, therefore, should be attentively taken into account when ordering a web hosting package. You should double-check the service-level agreements and the Terms of Use of the web host of your choosing in advance. Reading reviews from existing clients is also a very intelligent step before you decide to sign up.

The shared web hosting platform

Business
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$5.95 / month
Corporate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$9.95 / month
 

The most famous and modestly priced type of web hosting service is the shared hosting solution. It includes 24-7 customer support, which is a huge upside for customers who do not wish to cope with server maintenance procedures, but could also obstruct customers who would like to exercise more control over the server. For such clients, a virtual private servers or a dedicated server web hosting would be more suitable. Most popular apps and scripts work okay on a shared server. Moreover, the shared web hosting solution is cheaper than other types of web hosting solutions, like the dedicated servers web hosting, because the hosting services provider splits the web hosting server among many clients. The shared hosting solution typically involves resource usage restrictions that guarantee that the different clients do not interfere with each other and that the server remains stable.

Administering your shared web hosting account

Shared web hosting packages usually include a web-based hosting Control Panel GUI, like cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, etc. Most of the big hosting corporations, again like us at Blue Gel Media, make use of their very own personal custom-made hosting Control Panel.

Web server maintenance

With the shared website hosting platform, the web hosting supplier is responsible for administering the web and email servers, for installing web server software, software updates and patches, and for providing technical support to its customers. The majority of web servers are based on the Linux Operating System. The web hosting supplier's admins are responsible for maintaining the OS up to date, unless you have a dedicated web server and root access.