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A definition of hosting

As its name implies, web hosting is a solution, which involves hosting online content. There are different varieties and kinds of hosting, depending on the aims and on the objectives. Still, they all involve hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the Internet. A web host is actually a hosting server that is connected to the World Wide Web and has its own personal IP address, which permits users to get access to it through the World Wide Web. The web hosting server's architecture and its limitations depend on the type of hosting service it's going to be utilized for.

What are the various types of web hosting?

Depending on the goal, the professional web hosting service may be:

File Hosting - this type of hosting allows the users to host their files on a specific web hosting server. With the normal file storage web hosting service, the files that are hosted may only be accessed by the user that's utilizing the service. This hosting solution generally is related to backups of computers , docs, private files and even other web servers. This service may also involve certain restrictions in terms of the web space and the root-level access. There may also be web traffic limits, but that is dependent on the actual hosting service provider.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is comparable with the previous hosting service form. However, unlike the file hosting solution, the warez web hosting service is used for propagating proprietary work without being given the okay to do so by the copyright possessor. In brief - it entails the prohibited circulation of files and docs. There are many approaches for this to be performed, but the 2 essential methods are - via plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via P2P connections. The first way involves either a certain web portal, or, most typically, just a directory on a server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download patented documents for free. The second approach entails a P2P connection, availing of the so-called Torrent servers, through which users swap files between each other. There are a few web site hosting providers that permit such form of web hosting on their servers, chiefly owing to all the legal complications that it presupposes. Generally such sites are hosted on private dedicated web hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

E-mail Hosting - this service is utilized with both shared web page hosting and dedicated web hosting servers, based on the client's wish. If you wish to create your own personal SMTP electronic mail server, then you will require either a virtual private web hosting server or a dedicated web server that provides the level of access needed to carry out such a task. For regular e-mail hosting ends, however, you can open a plain shared web space hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a service that's very popular, since the site hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by 2 separate web servers, usually belonging to separate companies.

Web Page Hosting - the most widely spread and immensely utilized hosting service as of today. It's used for hosting web site files, whose type is dependent on the Operating System the hosting server is availing of - Linux or Windows. Different types of files necessitate concrete server Operating Systems, otherwise they won't be shown correctly on the Web. This type of web hosting may have web storage space and web traffic quota limitations, root-level access and CPU usage restrictions.

Based on the mission and on the usage, the customer should pick the type of hosting server that he requires for his project, and, of course, the web hosting provider that's going to provide it. There are several kinds of servers, based on the specs and the web site hosting services that they provide. These are:

Shared Website Hosting Server - a shared web site hosting server supplies 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 middle sized web pages, which do not demand enormous quantities of server storage space and web traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Hosting - they perform on the very same principle as the shared hosting servers. Still, there are much less users sharing the same web server. That is why, each of them will get a larger share of the server's resources like RAM, server storage space, traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting popular web pages that do not demand complete root-level access.

Virtual Private Server - the virtual servers are excellent for middle sized websites, which do need root-level access to the web server's config files. Traditionally, there are a bunch of virtual server accounts hosted on the same physical machine. Nevertheless, each of them is isolated from the rest and runs its own OS.

Dedicated Servers Hosting - a fully dedicated physical machine set up and accessed by you and only you. It ensures a tremendous amount of resources. It also offers complete root access, which renders it an excellent platform for any sort of web site that necessitates a web hosting solution.

The only question that remains is:

Which hosting supplier should I choose?

As already stated, there aren't many companies offering warez web hosting services because of legal predicaments. Such web hosting providers are being closed down practically every month. For that reason, if you wish to set up such a service, you should do it on your own PC. The shared site hosting service is the most widely spread type of hosting service. That is why, each and every webspace hosting provider provides it. Not all of them, though, provide solutions such as VPSs, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the small sized web site hosting corporations do not have the resources needed for maintaining those solutions. For that reason it's invariably best to pick a larger host that can provide its clients with all the services that they are searching for. You can quickly ID such web hosting companies by the kinds of services that they are offering and by the manner in which they present them to the customers. For instance, some web hosting companies permit you to kick off with a smaller website hosting package and then upgrade to a more advanced one, if you deem it obligatory to do so. This is extremely suitable, because you do not have to relocate sites between servers and there is no chance of facing downtime because of all the complications that may show up. Companies like Exclusive Hosting offer all kinds of solutions and have the required web hosting server resources and personnel to assure that their clients will not stumble upon any hassles when changing services, which is what a top hosting vendor is actually all about.