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Shared Web Hosting

Shared web hosting is a type of hosting that utilizes a web server in such a way that it allows many accounts to be hosted on it. The number of hosting accounts can range from just a few to a few hundred.

To help illustrate how a shared hosting server works, it can be compared to an apartment building. The building itself is made up of many different units that individuals and families can dwell in. They each have their own space to use as they wish. But they share common resources such as gas, heat, and other utilities with other units.

This is the same on a shared web hosting server. There is a finite amount of space that is allocated to each account and all the accounts share the system resources like CPU usage and bandwidth.

Shared web hosting is often among the most affordable hosting models because the cost of the hardware and resources required for hosting is spread out among all the accounts on the server.

Related web hosting terms:
dedicated hosting
virtual private servers (VPS)

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