Shared Hosting

The Truth About Shared Hosting

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Shared hosting is one of the four types of web hosting services available to date. It is also known as virtual hosting, or shared services. This particular type of web hosting is a service that hosts a myriad of different websites, all on one web server. Although they are placed as such, these websites are still distinctly separated from one another and are each provided with a certain amount of disk storage space as well as a fixed bandwidth. This service is offered at a low monthly price. Since there are complications that can spawn from so many websites all operating off of one web server, it is of utmost importance to choose a host that is reliable.

With that in mind, however, there are common myths and misconceptions surrounding shared hosting. Firstly, it is wrong to assume that a web host that has accumulated a number of bad reviews is a dubious host. The truth is that every web host out there would have, in all of the years that they have been in service, had a few less pleasant reviews. After all, no one is perfect or, in this case, no web host is perfect. There would also be reviews that are unpleasant coming from a former client who has, for example, had an account terminated against his will. Regardless of the termination being legal and valid, the client might not have seen it as such. Thus, having been angered by such disputes, he might go on review sites and badmouth the web host as a means of revenge.

Secondly, a host with countless amounts of good reviews does not necessarily make it a trustworthy and reputable host. Similar to bad reviews, good ones are not always valid. It is an issue that has been investigated and such inquiries have exposed the fact that the business of reviewing is literally a business – review sites offer the top positions to web hosts who offer the best price. Reviews are paid. Web hosts are also known to have asked their clients to write amazing reviews about them to post on web host review sites.

Lastly, the mindset that hosts that do not offer a lot of disk space and bandwidth are not a good value is false; it is a very common misconception. The truth is that the typical disk space and bandwidth offered by shared hosts are usually more than enough. Most websites use less than ten percent of what they are given. It is definitely not a good value to pay for more than what is needed. For example, quality shared hosting can be had for less than $4 per month with on of these BlueHost discount coupons. As long as the web hosts allow upgrades to more disk space and bandwidth (BlueHost does), it should be good enough.

Thus, it is safe to assume that there are many misleading statements when it comes to deciding on a shared host. It is a misconception to think that a host with bad reviews is a bad host and vice-versa. It is also a misconception to think that a host that does not supply its clients with gargantuan amounts of disk space and bandwidth is a bad host.

Posted by admin on June 2nd, 2011 :: Filed under Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting Explained

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Shared hosting is the jargon that is used to describe a service that hosts a collection of websites on one web server. Shared hosting, which is also referred to as virtual hosting, shared services, or derive host, is basically where many different websites operate off of the same server but are partitioned from one another. These websites are each provided with a fixed bandwidth as well as a certain amount of disk storage space, all for a small monthly fee. A website operating under such a service can be compared to a science fair where a student shares a venue with many other students but is limited to his own booth, showing off his own invention.

The main clientele of a shared hosting service comprises personal websites and small businesses. This is because shared hosting is the most efficient form of web hosting, both cost- and function-wise. Since there is more than one website – in fact, there are hundreds of them – sharing a single web server, the cost is divided and distributed, and is consequently substantially lowered. Besides that, managing a website that utilizes a shared hosting service is considerably easier than managing one that operates under any other web hosting service. The reason for this is that shared hosting services provide system administration services as well. System administrators are responsible for installing, supporting, and maintaining servers, and the list goes on. These website owners have no need for employing technical support staff.

In spite of the fact that a single web server of a derive host has to house hundreds and hundreds of websites, it still works out well. Contrary to popular belief, it does not indeed slow down or, in any way, impede the functionality of the hosted websites. This is possible because most of these websites do not generate enough traffic or use up enough of the provided resources to cause any problems. The only real complications include a contradiction of one of its advantages – the fact that so many websites operate one web server. When a technical error pops up in one single website, it could affect all of the other websites. The other, less frequent, problem is the overselling of the derive host. Overselling occurs when the shared hosting service hosts more websites than it is capable of hosting, which leads to the websites having to share scarce resources, which then leads to the aforementioned websites running slow.

It may sound like a huge possibility for technical errors to pop up somewhere else and disrupt your website but, with a full staff of system administrators at your aid, the problem should be resolved quickly, provided your are using a quality host. It may also sound very probable for a host to oversell, especially since their revenue might not be able to cover the staff that they need to maintain hundreds, maybe thousands, of websites all day, every day, but, if a shared hosting service is reliable, there should arise no problems. It would leave the scale to tip towards the advantages – shared hosting is cheap and shared hosting is easy.

Posted by admin on April 28th, 2011 :: Filed under Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting Support

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Shared hosting webs servers are excellent ways of ensuring that a company or business has a presence in the World Wide Web for a fraction of the cost of establishing and maintaining one’s own web server. This is especially true if business owners only have a small business along with limited IT skills. However, it is always important to check what kind of support they can expect from their shared host providers prior to signing a contract with them.

The majority of web server providers will have software that users can access as part of their contract that enables them to build their own web site by following a series of simple step by step instructions. The obvious benefit of this is that users can construct a professional looking web page, within minutes which will appeal to their audience without the technical knowledge required to design their own from scratch.

A comprehensive and user friendly support section, is also a must. Often known as frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), this section does what it says.  It provides answers to the most commonly asked questions from users. Such questions as how to use the product, any legal obligations users may have, for example tax or delivery terms for customers, and how to trouble shoot technical hitches as they arise. With a good support package, customers can resolve common problems themselves as they arise without having to wait for an employee of the web server to do it for them.

For more technical problems, having good access to an advisor or technician when they need it, is a must. Some shared hosting sites, provide a 24/7 customer support service, which enables the user to obtain specialist help when they need it rather than when the host provider is available. This is particularly important factor to consider when customer may be using a host service that does not work in the same time zone as they do.

Those who are the owners of companies which want to sell products though their webpage, can then get a host provider which enables them to set up a shopping basket system. With this software, it is easy to manage the stock inventory, take payments and organize shipping details. The advantages of this are that owners can upload new goods onto their website as soon as they are available for sale and that their customers can make instant purchases. Essential in Internet shopping is where shoppers are trying to save time by shopping on line.

Finally, large amounts of spam emails are sent and received each day, many of which can be blocked on personal computers. If one is running a business, one wants to be free from the hassle of having to wade through rafts of pointless emails to find the ones that are actually relevant to my business. Therefore, choosing a shared host service that provides a monitoring system that sifts out junk mail, will allow the user to concentrate on building up their business rather than wasting time reading lots of irrelevant emails.

Posted by admin on February 19th, 2011 :: Filed under Shared Hosting

How to Avoid Common Shared Hosting Complaints

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If one is using shared hosting as a small business owner, one may have decided on a marketing campaign that required establishing a web page on the Internet. Next, owners need to do their own research and decide on what level of services they want the shared hosting site to provide and what budget they have to purchase this. However, it can then be incredibly difficult to decide on which shared hosting provider to use from the vast number of providers all apparently offering a similar service for a similar price.

The temptation is to go for the cheapest offer, as one of the main reasons for choosing shared hosting was financial limitations. However, it is always worth remembering, that if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. Shared hosting providers are businesses, and their aim is to make a profit. Some of the most common complaints host users make about their shared hosting providers are; hidden prices, unfavorable contract terms and conditions, and unadvertised restrictions.

Hidden prices are a problem in many transactions. Used as a way of attracting new clients, special offers are good ways of making a shared hosting provider stand out from the crowd. However, these tend to be limited to a specific amount of time and are known as an introductory offer. Once this time has expired, customers could suddenly find themselves paying an increased fee that is more than the amount they originally budgeted for.

Some web host providers will use enticing offers that require customers to sign up to a long-term contract, in order to secure their long-term business. The down side is that they are then tied with them for a long time with no option to opt out should a better deal come along. Some providers will also have terms and conditions that mean late payments to their accounts that will result in all the web page content being deleted. Reading the small print could save customers valuable time and money in the end.

Unadvertised restrictions are restrictions placed on the account that customers are not made aware of when they first sign up to a host provider. Because shared hosting relies on many users sharing space on one web server, many providers place restrictions on the amount of emails they can send out or the amount of information they can store on the server. This makes sense, as it is fair to all users. However, some host providers may charge customers a penalty fee if they break these rules or even suspend their accounts. If users were unaware of the restrictions, this can come as quite a nasty shock.

Finally, it is always worth reading the reviews submitted by previous users. Yes, there is always the risk that some of these may be made up to make a provider look exceptionally good or even falsified by a competing provider to steal away business. In general, they give a good overall picture of the quality of service one can expect. Remember, it is the success of the business that is dependent on the quality of one’s shared hosting provider.

Posted by admin on January 12th, 2011 :: Filed under Shared Hosting

How to Choose a Shared Hosting Web Server

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Once a person has decided that using a shared hosting web server that would best meet their needs, they can then be faced with the decision of which host server to choose to use from a multitude of shared hosting providers available.

One of the reasons a person may have decided that a shared hosting web server would best suit their needs is that they have limited technical computer skills.  For many computer users, they can just have a little grasp the basics of how a computer works. Therefore, the thought of establishing and maintaining their own web site will be well beyond their capabilities and just too daunting to contemplate.

With shared hosting, the responsibility for maintaining the web server, providing technical support and updating security measures etc., is that of the web host provider. However, with such a plethora of shared hosting providers available, it can only be expected that there will be wide range of standards of service between providers. There are three key points can be used in order to check the suitability of the host server provider.

Firstly, how much disk space would each user be given on the host server? As the concept of a shared hosting web server is that a number of individuals or businesses shares the web server, this means that the actual physical resources of that server are also shared. Thus, the web host will allocate each user with a monthly allowance of disk space.  Does the provider this give you enough space to store your document and image files?

Secondly, what is the bandwidth of the host server? This is how much traffic will be allowed to and from your site? A small business would not expect a high volume of traffic to their site in the initial months of operating. However, if other users have a high volume of traffic to and from their site, this can have implications on people trying to access your site.

Thirdly, what is the cost of the web host service? For many people starting out in business, the more money they can save on a web host provider, the more budget they have to spend elsewhere. However, it is always worth remembering that the cheapest option is not necessarily the best option. Making sure you know exactly what you are signing up to and what services your host server will provide for your fee is vital to ensure you receive the shared hosting web server that best meets your business needs. You may find it useful to work out how much money you can afford to budget for using a web host and then comparing the services shared host servers that fall within the budget provided.

Taking a bit of time and carrying out a small bit of background research, means that you are now able to concentrate on ensuring your individual section of the host server, your website, is as up to date, attractive and informative for current and potential customers as it can possibly be.

Posted by admin on December 16th, 2010 :: Filed under Shared Hosting

Should I Use Shared Hosting?

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Before this question can be answered, it is important to understand exactly what shared hosting is.  Shared hosting is a web hosting service where many websites share one web server.  How this works is each site has its own section or partition on the web server.  These web servers are located in a data center, which has internet connections of industrial size and speed.

Shared hosting is beneficial to those who are looking for a low cost solution to hosting their website and do not want to be hassled with the system administration of it.  The majority of shared hosting sites cost $10 or less per month for their service. Some companies even offer bonus services such as email and blog posting.  Most people who benefit from shared hosting are those who have a personal website as well as small and medium-sized businesses.  Therefore, the best fit for shared hosting is those who do not need a lot of usage and bandwidth.

Who should not use shared hosting?  Medium-sized and large businesses that need a lot of usage would not gain from using shared hosting because of the usage limitations.  Those who want to control the system administration, such as installing server software, technical support, security updates, and other aspects of the service which would be provided on a shared web hosting service, would not benefit.

Shared hosting is achieved in two ways – IP-based and name-based.  In IP-based hosting, each virtual host or website has a different IP address.  When clients log into their account on the host site, their IP address is recorded and linked to their site.  Special software on the web server uses the client’s IP address to determine which website to show.  Named-based hosting, also referred to as shared IP hosting, is where multiple hostnames are served by the virtual hosts with a single IP address from one machine.  In other words, the web server stores the information using the HTTP/1.1 interface.  Web browsers then send a request on that interface for the hostname.

Name-based hosting has a few disadvantages that need to be pointed out.  First, older browsers that use the HTTP/1.0 interface do not send hostnames as part of their requests; therefore, the website will not be found.  Secondly, there will be errors if the Domain Name System is not working properly.  Thirdly, secure websites using HTTPS are not appropriately supported.  Finally, incorrectly configured file permissions will adversely affect shared file systems.  This could give file access to other users or processes that are located on the same system, causing a security risk.

There is one major drawback to shared hosting.  Some shared hosting providers oversell their service.  This means that they sell their available usage to too many people and put an excessive number of websites on one server.  Generally, host sites have about a gigabyte worth of usage.  This sounds like a lot but, when you load too much information, it takes up all that usage and the result is slow websites.  If you find that shared hosting is right for you, be sure to do your homework and choose a reputable company to host your site.

Posted by admin on November 23rd, 2010 :: Filed under Shared Hosting

What is Shared Hosting?

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In the twenty first century, many owners of small businesses recognize that if they want their business to get noticed, see an increase in sales and be successful, they need to be able to reach as wide an audience as possible with their advertising material. One the most effective ways of doing this is to set up a web site that will advertise and promote the business on a global scale. On this website, it is possible to display information that best describes the business and what it does. For example, images of products, descriptions of these products, sale prices and business contact details. Prospective clients can then access the web site, (these are known as web browsers) to view or download the information displayed on it.

The actual computer and computer program used to store all the information for a website is called a web server and the action of storing the information for a web site by this computer is called web hosting. Web hosts are companies that provide this kind of service. Web servers can be very costly to maintain, and as such are generally only used by large organizations and companies. Small or newly formed businesses, generally do not have anywhere near the same amount of financial resources available to set up and maintain their own web server as a large multinational company would have. However, one option that is available and that still enables the user to advertise their business on the world wide web, is to share a web server with other individuals or businesses in a similar financial situation. This is called shared hosting.

Here, the web host, provides their service for a number of clients using only one web server. In shared hosting, the physical amount of disk storage space, random access memory (RAM) and central processing unit (CPU) are shared by all the web servers’ users. These are maintained by a system administrator rather than the individual service users. Therefore, the costs of running and maintaining the web server are also shared by all the server users, thus reducing the amount paid by each server user to an affordable amount for a small business.

Shared web hosting works by each website having its own section or place on the web server. Thisis accessed by their own website address or Internet Protocol (IP) address. This means that the computers of prospective clients know which web server to connect to, in order to access a particular businesses website rather than the websites of the other server users. Although, by using shared hosting, each user will not have any maintenance responsibilities for the web server since they are able to edit their own section of the server. This allows users to upload documents and material onto their own individual web page.

By using shared hosting, it is possible to advertise a small business, on a global level, at a cost that is affordable and without the worries, or necessary knowledge, of maintaining a web server system.

Posted by admin on November 9th, 2010 :: Filed under Shared Hosting