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    Default What is Virtual (Shared) Web Hosting?

    Virtual or shared Web hosting is the business of housing and serving files for a Web site. Typically, an individual or small to mid-sized business cannot afford to independently obtain an extremely robust connection to the Internet for their Web presence. Virtual or shared Web hosting thus provides these consumers with the option to outsource their Internet requirements inexpensively.

    Using a shared hosting service allows these companies to share the cost of a fast Internet connection for serving files. It is the most basic entry-level, fee-based hosting service a consumer can select.

    Shared hosting offers clients the ability to host their Web site on a powerful, professionally managed server at a low monthly cost. Shared servers provide individual Web sites with redundant connectivity and guaranteed uptime. These services provide an excellent solution for entry-level hosting needs because they are designed to host small-scale, e-commerce sites and static Web pages.

    Shared hosting is also popular amongst first-time webmasters because it can provide a reliable Web presence without advanced technical skills. Such a service is also advantageous to the smaller consumer because it assures them that they will obtain transparent services and that their Web site will have its own domain name and set of e-mail addresses.

    Virtual hosting services are thus extremely popular because they offer the smaller consumer fast deployment, strong resources and most importantly, low cost. By paying an affordable and predictable monthly fee to a shared Web hosting service, consumers obtain reliability, expertise and faster connections than their dial-up service can provide.

    Such a service is also advantageous to the smaller consumer because it allows them outsource a high-traffic, content-rich Web site for a small percentage of what it would cost to hire a single employee to develop it and run it in-house. For this reason, most individuals and small businesses opt to select a virtual hosting service because it is inexpensive and usually provides the basic services that they require.

    Convenience is another factor that drives popular interest in shared Web hosting due to the service's fast setup time and bundled features. Typically, site activation can take minutes after you have purchased services with a credit card.

    The most characteristic feature of virtual Web hosting is that services are usually bundled. For an inclusive monthly fee, consumers can obtain a variety of high-quality, multi-platform Web site solutions.

    Usually the bundle of services includes a minimum amount of disk storage space for your Web pages. The bundle will normally also include a minimum amount of data transfer, or a capped amount of data that your can send to individuals that access your Web site. Most virtual accounts will also include e-mail forwarding services along with hardwired, physical e-mail boxes. Mail forwarding services allows you to create e-mail aliases at your domain name that will forward to an external e-mail address.

    A descent shared hosting firm will also include free 24x7 technical support in all of its service bundles. It should also include unlimited file transfer protocol (FTP) services so that you can update your Web site at anytime.

    For your own reference, a shared Web hosting service should also provide you access to Web statistics, so that you can gage how many Internet clients are visiting your site. For the sake of accuracy, a reliable Web host should also provide its customers with access to raw statistical logs, so that consumers can use their own statistical Web packages for site analysis.

    Other services that are typically characteristic of a shared Web host include: daily tape backup of your Web site; anonymous FTP server so that you can provide distribute your file for public access via file transfer protocol format; and full CGI-BIN access so that as you upload scripts that will add functionality to your Web site.

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    HostGator is one of the world's top 10 largest web hosting companies with more than 1,000,000 hosted domains. We have over 150 employees to provide you around-the-clock superior support. We are the perfect choice whether you are looking for business, personal, or even Fortune 500 hosting.

    Every web hosting plan comes with a 45 day money back guarantee, 99.9% uptime guarantee, and is fully guaranteed by the owner himself. If you ever have a problem with regular support just ask that your ticket be assigned to Brent and he will personally take the time to give you the VIP attention that you deserve.

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    Godaddy and HostGator are two of the best places to purchase shared hosting for a personal website. They have proved themselves to be reliable and you can count on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bebo
    Godaddy and HostGator are two of the best places to purchase shared hosting for a personal website. They have proved themselves to be reliable and you can count on them.
    GoDaddy has a lot of complaints about there hosting services, although they have a good service, their support is allegedly rubbish, they take 24 hours to respond. Also, my friend actually got a HostGator staff member to admit in such a context that they over-sell. I'm not biasing, just stating a few facts I have heard of.

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    yes i have heard complaints about both hostgator and godaddy, hostgator are really enthusisastic about your money while godaddy dont even know you exist and they reserve the right to take and use your domain and hosting account

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    yes Hostgator is into making money only, but i would rather say that godady is pretty much fair on it's part except for the hosting services of godady which do have some blunders

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    Hostgator is better that godady.. better service , customer support and a lot of other things...

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    Godaddy is not exactly know for their reliability in hosting. Two of the best are hostgator and bluehost. Godaddy is great when purchasing a domain name but not hosting.

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    Thanks for the tips. I appreciate this effor for the community. Very large and informative guide.

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    Virtual web hosting refers to the process of running multiple "virtual" web servers on a single physical host computer. Using this technique, a single computer can host thousands of independent web sites.

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