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What Indeed is Shared Hosting

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

How can people reach your web site?

When you build a website and you wish other persons to see it, you will need to publish (or upload) it to a web server. If you attempt to render the website reachable on the World Wide Web by shared hosting it on your own computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why website hosting services came into being.

How does shared hosting work?

Web hosting service providers provide you with space for your website on their high-powered computers (web servers) and guarantee continuous service uptime. When somebody writes your URL (for instance in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the server where they can explore the content of your site.

Hosting types

With the growth of Internet technologies, several types of web hosting services have emerged to fulfill the various demands of web site owners, among them shared web hosting services, private virtual server web hosting services and dedicated hosting services.

Shared hosting

Standard Hosting
20 GB storage
1 TB bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
A$24.95 / month
Silver Hosting
50 GB storage
3 TB bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
A$41.67 / month

Shared website hosting is the most popular form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one hosting server is shared among multiple customers who are limited by the CPU, bandwidth and web hosting server hard disk space quotas that they have been apportioned. This form of website hosting is generally cheaper - you don't have to purchase the entire web server upfront, as it is divided among many hosting clients, and the web hosting company can afford to offer much more reasonable prices. It is also much easier to use - the web hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting supplier takes care of all server maintenance tasks and software updates on your behalf.

The weak side of the shared web hosting solution is that you share the hosting server's resources with other persons and if one site becomes very busy it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web hosting server, but most web hosting vendors, including us at My Biz Mobi Host, have security platforms at work that impede that from happening.

A definition of a website hosting service

Since shared website hosting is the most commonly used type of web hosting, most hosting companies and web hosting customers simply call it hosting or website hosting. As there is a big competition on the website hosting market, the majority of hosting vendors try to offer low prices and gifts with their hosting services. We, for example, provide different hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and yearly, based on your resources. If you choose the yearly invoicing cycle, you will receive a gift - one cost-free domain name registration.

VPS hosting

VPS is an acronym for Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is basically 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 hosting plan, a VPS web server hosting plan is an excellent option. private virtual web server hosting customers still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other virtual server hosting customers, but the physical machine is partitioned using special virtualization software so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated server. The upside is that the CPU and the memory on a Virtual Private Server are not shared. Also, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your virtual web hosting server, but it also presupposes a more advanced degree of technical know-how.

Dedicated Hosting

With the Dedicated Hosting solution, the customer obtains a whole web server and can utilize all its resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most powerful of all web hosting solutions and offers many customization possibilities - the dedicated server hosting clients can select the hardware and software specs that will match their requirements. Dedicated resources and guaranteed performance are two reasons why a dedicated server is a perfect choice for a heavy resource-demanding corporate web portal, for instance - you will not share the hosting server's resources with anyone else and will get full server root privileges. You will exercise full authority over the server, which will enable you to implement any server configuration changes that you might need. The downside of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical expertise is needed - unless you hire an Information Technology professional, it will be your responsibility to manage and configure the dedicated web hosting server. The dedicated web server hosting solution also costs much more, because the cost of the server isn't shared between any other clients.

A web hosting advice for novices

If you are just starting to set up your web site and are looking for a web hosting solution to start with, the shared hosting solution remains the most sensible choice. If your website outgrows your shared web hosting account's resources, you can normally upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and requires no migration of your files, since only the parameters of your hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting package to a more advanced one at any given moment without having to worry about the remaining time until expiration. Also, if you finally reach the most advanced shared web hosting package and still require more resources (which is great sometimes - it indicates that your site's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to migrate to a VPS hosting platform or a dedicated server without needing to switch hosting service providers.