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An explanation of site hosting

As its name suggests, web hosting is a service, which entails hosting online content. There are various varieties and kinds of web hosting, depending on the mission and on the objectives. However, they all are associated with hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the World Wide Web. A web host is actually a hosting server that is linked to the World Wide Web and has its own personal Internet Protocol address, which permits users to gain access to it through the World Wide Web. The server's architecture and its system resources are subject to the kind of web hosting service it's going to be used for.

What are the various types of hosting?

Depending on the usage, the professional web hosting solution may be:

File Storage Web Hosting - this type of hosting enables the users to accommodate their files on a given server. With the regular file storage hosting service, the files that are hosted may only be accessed by the person that's using the service. This hosting solution traditionally includes backups of PCs , documents, private files and even other web servers. This solution may also impose given restrictions with regard to the data space and the root access. There may also be traffic quota limitations, but that is dependent on the given hosting service provider.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez hosting service is comparable with the previous hosting service form. In spite of that, in contrast with the file storage web hosting service, the warez web hosting solution is used for transmitting patented materials without being given the okay to do so by the patent bearer. In brief - it is related to the illicit distribution of files and materials. There are numerous approaches for this to be completed, but the 2 main approaches are - via simple Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and through peer-to-peer connections. The first method involves either a specific web portal, or, most often, simply a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thus download copyrighted content free of cost. The second approach involves a peer-to-peer connection, making use of the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users swap files between each other. There are not many web hosting corporations that allow such form of web hosting on their hosting servers, chiefly because of all the judicial complications that it presupposes. Generally such 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 Hosting - this solution is relevant with both shared web space hosting and dedicated web servers, based on the customer's intention. If you desire to build your very own personal SMTP e-mail server, then you will need either a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web hosting server that provides the level of access required to perform such a task. For common e-mail hosting purposes, though, you can open an ordinary shared site hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a service that's widely popular, because the website hosting and the e-mail hosting services are being served by two separate web servers, often belonging to separate hosts.

Web Page Hosting - the most widely spread and extensively utilized hosting service nowadays. It's utilized for hosting site files, whose sort depends on the OS the server is availing of - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files require concrete web hosting server OSs, otherwise they won't be displayed properly on the World Wide Web. This type of hosting may have server storage and bandwidth quota limits, root-level access and CPU usage restrictions.

Depending on the purpose and on the functions, the client should select the sort of server that he needs for his project, and, of course, the web site hosting provider that's going to supply it. There are various sorts of web hosting servers, depending on the specs and the site hosting solutions that they provide. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server offers a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is reflected on the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small scale and medium size web sites, which do not need considerable quotas of server space and web traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers - they perform on the very same principle as the shared web site hosting servers. Even so, there are much less customers sharing the same hosting server. That is why, each of them will have a greater share of the hosting server's resources like RAM, server storage, traffic and CPU. Perfect for hosting heavy online portals that do not need root access.

VPS hosting - the VPS hosting servers are perfect for middle size web portals, which do require root access to the server's configuration files. Generally, there are a bunch of VPS hosting accounts hosted on the same physical machine. Even so, each of them is independent from the others and has its own OS.

Dedicated Server Hosting - a completely dedicated server set up and accessed by you and only you. It ensures a considerable amount of system resources. It also offers server root access, which renders it the optimal environment for any sort of site that requires a site hosting service.

The sole question that remains is:

Which web hosting vendor should I settle on?

As mentioned above, there are just a few providers offering warez web hosting solutions due to judicial entanglements. Such web hosting providers are being shut down almost every month. Because of that, if you wish to offer such a service, you should do it on your very own PC. The shared website hosting solution is the most widespread type of hosting service. For that reason, each and every web site hosting distributor offers it. Not all of them, though, offer solutions such as private virtual web hosting servers, semi-dedicated servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the small sized hosting firms do not have the means needed for offering those solutions. That's why it's always best to choose a larger web host that can provide its clients with all the solutions that they need. You can quickly ID such hosts by the kinds of solutions that they are offering and by the way that they introduce them to the customers. For instance, certain providers permit you to start with a low-end site hosting plan and afterwards shift to a bigger one, if you consider it mandatory to do so. This is quite convenient, since you do not have to move sites between hosting servers and there is no possibility of suffering service outages because of all the predicaments that may occur. Hosting companies such as Universal Host provide all types of solutions and possess the necessary web hosting server resources and staff to guarantee that their customers will not suffer any problems when swapping services, which is what a top hosting firm is actually all about.