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An explanation of web hosting

As its name implies, web hosting is a service, which entails hosting web content. There are different forms and kinds of hosting, based on the mission and on the functions. In spite of that, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the Internet. A web host is in fact a web hosting service that is connected to the Web and has its very own IP address, which permits users to get access to it through the Internet. The web hosting server's architecture and its resources are determined by the sort of web hosting solution it will be used for.

What are the different types of hosting?

Based on the application, the hosting solution may be:

File Storage Hosting - this form of hosting enables the clients to deposit their files on a given server. With the average file web hosting solution, the files that are deposited may only be accessed by the customer that's using the service. This hosting solution traditionally concerns backups of PCs , docs, personal files and even other web servers. This service may also involve given limitations when it comes to the web storage space and the root-level access. There may also be bandwidth restrictions, but that depends on the given web hosting service provider.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is resembling the previous web hosting service form. Nonetheless, in contrast with the file web hosting service, the warez web hosting solution is used for distributing copyrighted work without being okayed by the patent owner. To put it briefly - it is connected with the illicit transmission of files and documents. There are many approaches for this to be brought about, but the two essential ways are - through plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first way entails either some site, or, most typically, just a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thus download proprietary materials for free. The second method entails a P2P connection, using the so-called Torrent web servers, via which users transmit files between each other. There are very few site hosting vendors that allow such form of hosting on their web servers, chiefly owing to all the judicial troubles that it involves. Commonly such web sites are hosted on personal dedicated web hosting servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Email Web Hosting - this service is utilized with both shared website hosting and dedicated hosting servers, depending on the client's desire. If you want to establish your own private SMTP electronic mail server, then you will require either a VPS web hosting server or a dedicated web hosting server that provides the access level required to execute such a task. For standard email web hosting purposes, however, you can use an ordinary shared web site hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a solution that's very popular, since the site hosting and the email hosting services are being served by two separate web servers, usually belonging to separate web hosting providers.

Web Page Hosting - the most famous and commonly used hosting service nowadays. It's used for hosting site files, whose kind depends on the OS the web server is utilizing - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files need concrete server OSs, or else they won't be displayed appropriately on the Internet. This type of hosting may contain data storage space and bandwidth limits, root-level access and CPU usage limits.

Based on the goals and on the objectives, the user should choose the type of hosting server that he requires for his project, and, of course, the web hosting company that's going to provide it. There are various sorts of web hosting servers, depending on the configuration and the webspace hosting solutions that they offer. These are:

Shared Hosting Server - a shared web server provides a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, is manifested in the price of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small size and medium sized websites, which do not require large quantities of web space and traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers - they work on the same principle as the shared website hosting servers. Yet, there are much less users sharing the same web server. Therefore, each of them will enjoy a greater share of the server's resources like RAM, server storage space, bandwidth and CPU. Perfect for hosting heavy sites that do not require complete root-level access.

Virtual Servers - the virtual private web hosting servers are ideal for middle sized web sites, which do need root-level access to the web server's configuration files. Commonly, there are a handful of private virtual web server hosting accounts sharing the same physical machine. Still, each of them is independent from the other ones and runs its own OS.

Dedicated Servers - a fully dedicated physical server configured and accessed by you and only you. It ensures an immense quantity of resources. It also includes root-level access, which makes it a perfect environment for any kind of online portal that necessitates a hosting service.

The only question that remains is:

Which hosting distributor should I opt for?

As already stated, there aren't many hosting companies providing warez web hosting solutions because of judicial problems. Such web hosts are being closed down virtually every month. That is why, if you wish to start such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared web hosting solution is the most widespread kind of web hosting service. Therefore, each and every site hosting vendor provides it. Not all of them, though, provide services such as private virtual servers, semi-dedicated web servers and dedicated servers. Most of the small scale web space hosting corporations do not have the means required for maintaining those solutions. For that reason it's invariably best to settle on a larger web hosting company that can provide its customers with all the solutions that they want. You can easily identify such hosts by the kinds of services that they are offering and by the way that they introduce them to the clientele. For example, certain web hosting companies permit you to commence with a smaller web space hosting account and subsequently move to a more advanced one, if you consider it compulsory to do so. This is quite suitable, since you do not need to relocate web pages between hosting servers and there is no possibility of suffering network outages because of all the complications that may take place. Hosting companies such as BlueHeavens offer all kinds of solutions and have the necessary web server resources and personnel to assure that their clients will not face any problems when swapping services, which is what a top hosting firm is in fact all about.