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An explanation of hosting

As its name hints, web hosting is a service, which involves hosting web content. There are various varieties and types of hosting, depending on the aims and on the objectives. Even so, they all are related to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available throughout the World Wide Web. A web host is actually a hosting server that is connected to the Internet and has its very own IP address, which permits users to gain access to it through the Web. The web server's architecture and its limitations depend on the form of web hosting solution it will be utilized for.

What are the different types of hosting?

Based on the purpose, the business hosting service may be:

File Hosting - this form of hosting enables the customers to save their files on a specific hosting server. With the typical file hosting solution, the files that are kept may only be accessed by the person that's using the service. This hosting service usually pertains to backups of computers , documents, private files and even other hosting servers. This service may also contain given limits in relation to the web storage and the root access. There may also be traffic quota limitations, but that is dependent on the particular service provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is comparable with the previous hosting service form. In spite of that, in contrast with the file storage hosting solution, the warez hosting service is used for circulating copyrighted materials without being given the okay to do so by the copyright owner. In brief - it is related to the prohibited propagation of files and materials. There are a lot of ways for this to be realized, but the 2 main ways are - via simple Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and through peer-to-peer connections. The first one involves either a specific website, or, most often, just a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download patented content free of cost. The second method entails a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users transmit files between each other. There are a few web page hosting suppliers that allow that type of hosting on their web hosting servers, mostly owing to all the judicial troubles that it entails. Commonly such web pages are hosted on private dedicated web servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Electronic Mail Web Hosting - this service is relevant with both shared webspace hosting and dedicated servers, depending on the customer's intention. If you wish to have your own private SMTP e-mail server, then you will need either a private virtual server or a dedicated web server that provides the access level needed to execute such an operation. For regular e-mail hosting purposes, though, you can open a plain shared webspace hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a solution that's widely famous, because the website hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by 2 separate web servers, often owned by separate hosting providers.

Site Hosting - the most widely spread and broadly utilized hosting service these days. It's utilized for hosting site files, whose type is determined by the OS the web server is running - Linux or Windows. Different types of files request specific server OSs, otherwise they won't be displayed correctly on the Web. This type of web hosting may impose server storage and traffic quota limitations, server root access and CPU usage restrictions.

Based on the goals and on the objectives, the client should choose the sort of web server that he demands for his work, and, of course, the website hosting supplier that's going to supply it. There are different sorts of hosting servers, based on the specs and the web hosting solutions that they offer. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared hosting server provides a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small sized and middle sized websites, which do not demand vast quantities of server space and traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers Hosting - they work on the very same principle as the shared web space hosting servers. In spite of that, there are much less customers hosted on the same web server. Because of that, each of them will obtain a greater quota of the hosting server's resources like RAM, disk space, web traffic and CPU. Perfect for hosting huge web pages that do not require complete root-level access.

Virtual Servers - the Virtual Private Servers are excellent for medium sized web pages, which do need root access to the web hosting server's config files. Traditionally, there are a handful of VPS accounts hosted on the same machine. Nevertheless, each of them is isolated from the rest and runs its own Operating System.

Dedicated Servers - a fully dedicated web hosting server set up and accessed by you and solely you. It ensures a considerable amount of resources. It also provides complete root-level access, which makes it the optimal environment for any sort of site that demands a webspace hosting solution.

The only question that remains is:

Which hosting provider should I pick?

As mentioned, there aren't many hosting providers providing warez hosting solutions because of judicial predicaments. Such providers are being closed down almost every month. That is why, if you want to provide such a service, you should do it on your very own PC. The shared web hosting solution is the most widely spread kind of hosting service. So, every site hosting company offers it. Not all of them, though, provide solutions such as Virtual Private Servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the small sized website hosting distributors do not have the resources required for maintaining those services. Because of that it's invariably best to settle on a larger hosting company that can furnish its customers with all the services that they seek. You can effortlessly ID such web hosting companies by the sorts of solutions that they are providing and by the way that they present them to the clients. For instance, certain web hosting companies allow you to start with a low-end website hosting account and afterwards move to a more advanced one, if you consider it obligatory to do so. This is extremely convenient, because you do not have to relocate web sites between web servers and there is no risk of experiencing service outages because of all the problems that may take place. Companies such as AfterHost offer all kinds of solutions and have the needed hosting server resources and personnel to ensure that their customers will not run into any troubles when changing services, which is what a top hosting supplier is in fact all about.