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A definition of web hosting

As its name signifies, web hosting is a solution, which involves hosting web content. There are various varieties and types of hosting, depending on the goals and on the functions. In spite of that, they all are associated with hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the Web. A host is in fact a web hosting service that is connected to the Internet and has its very own Internet Protocol address, which enables people to have access to it through the World Wide Web. The hosting server's architecture and its system resources are subject to the form of web hosting service it will be used for.

What are the various forms of hosting?

Based on the objective, the web hosting solution may be:

File Hosting - this type of web hosting enables the clients to save their files on a given server. With the average file storage hosting solution, the files that are kept may only be accessed by the individual that's availing of the service. This web hosting service mainly is associated with backups of personal computers , documents, private files and even other servers. This solution may also have given limits in relation to the web storage space and the root privileges. There may also be web traffic restrictions, but that depends on the particular provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is resembling the previous hosting service form. Nevertheless, unlike the file web hosting solution, the warez web hosting solution is used for disseminating patented work without the approval of the licence bearer. In brief - it entails the illegal distribution of files and materials. There are numerous methods for this to be executed, but the two chief approaches are - through plain HTTP downloading and through peer-to-peer connections. The first approach entails either some web site, or, most typically, simply a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thus download licensed documents for free. The second approach entails a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent web servers, through which people transmit files between each other. There are just a few website hosting providers that allow that type of hosting on their web servers, mostly owing to all the legal troubles that it presupposes. Usually such web pages are hosted on personal dedicated hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Electronic Mail Hosting - this service is applicable with both shared web site hosting and dedicated web hosting servers, depending on the client's wish. If you desire to establish your very own private SMTP server, then you will need either a VPS web server or a dedicated web hosting server that offers the access level needed to perform such a task. For customary email web hosting purposes, though, you can create a simple shared web hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a service that's widely used, since the web page hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by two separate servers, usually owned by separate companies.

Web Site Hosting - the most widely spread and frequently used hosting service nowadays. It's utilized for hosting web site files, whose type depends on the Operating System the web hosting server is using - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files necessitate different server OSs, otherwise they won't be exhibited properly on the Internet. This kind of hosting may include data storage space and traffic quota limitations, server root access and central processing unit usage limits.

Depending on the purpose and on the objectives, the user should choose the kind of hosting server that he needs for his work, and, of course, the web space hosting distributor that's going to supply it. There are several sorts of servers, depending on the specs and the web hosting solutions that they provide. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared hosting server provides a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is reflected on the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small sized and middle size web pages, which do not need huge amounts of data storage space and traffic.

Semi-Dedicated - they perform on the same principle as the shared site hosting servers. Even so, there are much less clients accommodated on the same web server. Because of that, each of them will receive a larger share of the server's resources like RAM, data space, traffic and CPU. Excellent for hosting bulky web portals that do not require root privileges.

Virtual Servers - the VPS web servers are ideal for medium size web sites, which do require root access to the hosting server's configuration files. Usually, there are a number of virtual server hosting accounts hosted on the same server. Yet, each of them is independent from the other ones and has its own Operating System.

Dedicated Servers - a fully dedicated physical server configured and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a mammoth amount of resources. It also provides full root privileges, which renders it an ideal platform for any type of web portal that needs a website hosting service.

The only question that remains is:

Which site hosting firm should I choose?

As mentioned above, there are just a few hosts providing warez hosting solutions because of judicial predicaments. Such companies are being shut down virtually every month. Therefore, if you desire to create such a service, you should do it on your own PC. The shared hosting solution is the most popular type of hosting service. Hence, every webspace hosting corporation offers it. Not all of them, though, offer services such as VPS web servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the small sized webspace hosting corporations do not have the resources required for offering those services. Because of that it's always best to choose a larger company that can supply its customers with all the services that they request. You can easily ID such hosts by the kinds of solutions that they are providing and by the way that they introduce them to the customers. For example, some web hosts permit you to begin with a low-end web hosting plan and then upgrade to a bigger one, if you deem it obligatory to do so. This is quite suitable, since you do not have to relocate web portals between web servers and there is no risk of facing service interruptions due to all the predicaments that may arise. Companies such as Web Hosting Giants are offering all types of services and have the required hosting server resources and staff to guarantee that their clients will not chance upon any predicaments when changing services, which is what a top hosting firm is in fact all about.