An article by Top Web Hosting.
When it comes to building your first website and starting your web presence, spending a lot of money for a hosting service provision is probably not something that sounds very appealing. In the beginning, the site you create may not look the way you want it to look, or may not have a lot of visitors, and the more you have paid for bringing it online, the more money you may feel has been wasted. In this case, there are two options you can choose from - a free web hosting account, or an affordable paid one.
With a shared web hosting plan, a number of users share the same server and each account has a system resource quota allocated to it. The restrictions may include, but are not limited to, disk space, monthly traffic and server memory load. With a free account, the quotas are very small and providers often put advertisements on the websites hosted on their servers. Sometimes even the actual site content may be covered if the advertisements are not floating, but have a fixed position on each web page, so a free account may be good to test how a small website looks, but it is not a good choice for an official website such as a family blog, an online store or a personal portfolio site. Many free providers also impose file size limitations, which may greatly affect a website with images, for example.
To meet the demand for affordable, but quality hosting services, many providers offer paid shared hosting plans at very low prices. These plans still have certain limits since a number of accounts share the same server, but they are much fewer compared to any free plan. Some companies accept monthly payments which is a guarantee that you can safely test their services without being bound by any contracts. One example is NTCHosting.com, which also offers a free domain registration with each and every shared plan that is prepaid for one year. This lowers the price of the web hosting even more, so that anybody could afford a cheap, yet powerful shared hosting plan.
The general trend is for shared plan features to become unlimited. It is impossible to have no limits at all since each person will have their share of the resources, but due to a cluster server system that some providers use, things like disk space and monthly traffic can be unlimited.
The disk space is where all website files are stored on the server, so when you type your domain name, you see these files. Sometimes emails and databases also share this space, so the bigger it is, the better. Server traffic is being generated every time a visitor opens your website as the files are copied from the server to the local computer, and then displayed in the visitor's web browser. If your website becomes popular and you have a lot of visitors, you may easily reach your monthly traffic quota limit if your plan has one. Traffic is also generated when you upload files to the account using a hosting Control Panel tool or an FTP program. With an unlimited plan, you will not worry about any of these things.
Although most shared hosting plans are cheap, it doesn't mean they do not have any capabilities. Many providers today offer an online website builder and a number of script-driven website platforms that you can use to create any type of website. Usually this software is a part of the hosting package and comes for free with it, so even if you do not have any web design skills, you can easily create a professional-looking website through a user-friendly graphic interface. This saves you money, since you do not have to hire a web designer or purchase a web design application to create a site on your personal computer.