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What Does Shared Hosting Stand for?

Shared hosting is a service that web hosts provide so that you can put your web site on the World Wide Web.

How can people access your web site?

When you develop a site and you would like other individuals to view it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you try to render the site discoverable on the World Wide Web by shared hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it always up and running, which is why website hosting services appeared.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting companies provide you with hard drive storage space for your web site on their high-power computers (web servers) and guarantee constant Internet connectivity. When someone types your URL (for example www.my-best-domain.com) in their web browser's URL bar, they will be connected to the web server where they can see the content of your website.

Types of hosting

With the growth of online technologies, different types of web hosting services have appeared to satisfy the different demands of web site possessors, among them shared website hosting services, VPS server web hosting services and dedicated server web hosting services.

Shared web hosting

Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
£7.64 / month
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
£25.74 / month

Shared website hosting is the most widely used type of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where a single web hosting server is shared among multiple hosting account owners who are limited by the CPU, web traffic and web hosting server hard disk space quotas that they have been allocated. This form of website hosting is generally less expensive - you don't have to pay for the entire hosting server in advance, since it is shared between a lot of web hosting clients, and the hosting distributor can afford to provide much more modest prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the hosting solutions provider handles all server maintenance tasks and security updates for you.

The weakness of the shared hosting solution is that you share the server's resources with other shared web hosting account holders and if a given website becomes very popular it may affect (and slow down) all the other websites on that hosting server, but the majority of hosting distributors, including us at wild-hosting, have protection platforms in place that prevent that from occurring.

A description of a website hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most popular type of web hosting, the majority of web hosting service providers and web hosting customers simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a large rivalry on the website hosting marketplace, the majority of hosting vendors endeavor to provide moderate prices and bonuses with their web hosting services. We, for instance, offer different web hosting packages and two invoicing options - monthly and yearly, depending on your resources. If you pick the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a gift - one free-of-charge domain registration.

Virtual private servers plans

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. The Virtual private servers hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared hosting solution and the dedicated server hosting solution. If your site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting account, a private virtual hosting server plan is an appropriate solution. VPS web server hosting clients still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual private web server hosting clients, but the hard disk space is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own guaranteed system resources and can be configured almost like an actual dedicated server. The advantage is that the CPU and the memory on a virtual server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology offers you much more freedom to configure your server, but it also calls for a more advanced degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Server

With the Dedicated Server solution, the user obtains an entire server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server web hosting solution is the most flexible of all website hosting solutions and offers a multitude of customization possibilities - the users can select the hardware and software specifications that will fulfill their needs. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated web hosting server is a perfect option for a heavy resource-absorbing business site, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting web server's resources with anyone else and will gain complete root access. You will exert complete control over the hosting server, which will allow you to make any server configuration modifications that you might need. The drawback of the dedicated hosting solution is that a more advanced degree of technical expertise is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology pro, it will be your responsibility to administer and configure the dedicated hosting web server. The dedicated server web hosting solution is also much more expensive, because the cost of the dedicated web server isn't shared between any other customers.

A website hosting advice for beginner users

If you are just starting to build your site and are searching for a hosting solution to start with, the shared hosting solution remains the most relevant option. If your site grows beyond your website hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for example, this is very easy and does not necessitate migration of your files, because only the features of your account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more advanced one at any given time without having to worry about the number of days left before the expiration date. What is more, if you finally reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still need more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it implies that your site's popularity has increased!), there always is the possibility to move to a VPS server hosting platform or a dedicated web hosting server without the need to change web hosting providers.