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What is Shared Hosting?

If you have built a website and you wish other people to visit it, you must copy your web site to a publicly accessible server.

Where to host your site?

Even though you can use your own personal computer as a server, it is a more conventional practice to let a hosting service provider take care of your site. The principal reason for that is the bigger stability and the uninterrupted accessibility of your website, since web hosting providers have top-notch hardware and apportion a far greater web traffic usage allowance, which ensures the speedier access to your website from all over the globe.

Shared hosting solutions

Enterprise
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$9.99 / month
Corporate
Unlimited storage
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.99 / month
 

Choose a shared hosting service, which enables you to register domains and to create mail accounts. Many web shared hosting companies, like us at Hume and Services, offer a cost-free domain registration as a bonus if you sign up for a hosting account.

Hosting your site yourself

Hosting your web site on your own server is undoubtedly an option, but only in case you have time and the required knowledge. There are certain issues that you need to take into account, among them the hardware and software costs. To maintain a genuine, proper site, you will have to spend cash on some powerful server hardware, because you cannot bank on an inexpensive PC to accomplish the job. You will also need a permanent breakneck-speed Internet connection without downtimes, which typically comes at a rather steep price. If you are using licensed software for your website, you will have to spend cash on the license too. You may also need to deal with bugs and Trojans. You will need to maintain your server constantly running in an environment where "everything could happen". If you do not have the necessary technical experience, you will need to employ a sysadmin to take care of these things on your behalf, which will make the price of hosting your website on your own even steeper than that of a dedicated hosting web server offered by a web hosting distributor.

A dedicated hosting web server delivered by a web hosting company

Leasing a dedicated hosting web server from a hosting firm is an appropriate decision if you would like to establish a high resource-consuming site or a business portal that has very meticulous safety requirements. The principal upsides of using a dedicated web hosting solution are the breakneck-speed connection, the constant power supply and the extremely powerful hardware. Certain web hosting vendors, again like us at Hume and Services, supply virtual private servers hosting and semi-dedicated web hosting solutions, which are based on extremely powerful web servers that can be divided among several customers. You can also expect them to offer effective load balancing services and the required backup servers.

Safety and reliability

Hosting providers are specialized in supplying web hosting services and since this is what they do to make a living, you can anticipate them to offer uninterrupted service uptime, the latest software patches and the best malware protection, as well as sysadmins available 24x7x365 to aid you in emergency situations.

Select your web host

What you have to consider when selecting your web hosting plans provider is the stability of the offered web hosting services. Make sure that the web hosting accounts provider of your choosing offers a 24/7/365 customer service. Do not place yourself in a position where you cannot fix critical predicaments instantly because you have to wait until the next business day. Additionally, if you pick a shared hosting plan, which features a round-the-clock support service, this means that there always will be sysadmins available to resolve any critical issues as soon as they occur, which is a very advantageous thing.

Day-to-day backups

Make certain that your web hosting accounts provider offers daily backups with the offered hosting services, otherwise you may lose some precious content in case of a hardware crash or because you have erased something unintentionally. The presence of day-to-day backups is usually mentioned in the hosting provider's Terms of Use.

Bandwidth and content storage space

When picking your web hosting solutions provider, give special attention to the bandwidth quota limits. Make certain that you don't have to pay a fortune for unanticipated high volumes of bandwidth if your website becomes more regularly visited. There are many web hosts that offer unmetered bandwidth nowadays, so the most intelligent step to take is to make certain that you have taken the most appropriate decision before subscribing.

Content restrictions

Give specific attention to the web hosting distributor's content restrictions. If you intend to publish pictures or to broadcast live video or audio, make certain that you can achieve that. What's more, most web hosting vendors impose restrictions when it comes to using their services for file hosting purposes, so if you upload too much content that is not related or directly linked to your site, your user account could get suspended. For that reason, exploring the web hosting supplier's Terms & Conditions, regardless of how time-demanding and annoying this might be, is very essential.

E-mail capabilities

Most hosting vendors nowadays also offer electronic mail services with all their web hosting offers. It is not a bad idea to verify if the web hosting supplier of your choosing offers such features too, so as to be certain that you'll avail of all the features that you require in exchange for your money.