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A description of web space hosting

As its name implies, web hosting is a solution, which entails hosting web content. There are different varieties and types of web hosting, based on the goals and on the usage. Nonetheless, they all involve hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the Internet. A host is actually a web server that is linked to the Internet and has its very own Internet Protocol address, which allows users to access it via the Web. The web server's architecture and its limitations are dependent on the kind of hosting solution it's going to be used for.

What are the various types of web hosting?

Depending on the application, the business website hosting solution may be:

File Hosting - this form of web hosting enables the customers to stash their files on a certain web server. With the customary file storage web hosting service, the files that are hosted may only be accessed by the client that's using the service. This hosting service typically applies to backups of personal computers , docs, personal files and even other hosting servers. This solution may also impose certain limitations in relation to the disk storage space and the root-level access. There may also be traffic limitations, but that depends on the particular hosting provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is very similar to the previous web hosting service form. Nonetheless, unlike the file storage hosting solution, the warez web hosting service is utilized for disseminating patented materials without the sanction of the licence proprietor. In short - it entails the prohibited dissemination of files and materials. There are multiple ways for this to be achieved, but the two essential methods are - via simple HTTP downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first one entails either a given web portal, or, most typically, just a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thus download licensed materials free of cost. The second method entails a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent servers, via which users exchange files between each other. There aren't many website hosting corporations that permit that type of web hosting on their servers, mainly owing to all the legal troubles that it involves. Generally such sites are hosted on private dedicated web hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party enterprises either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Mail Hosting - this service is used with both shared webspace hosting and dedicated hosting servers, based on the user's intention. If you would like to build your very own private SMTP email server, then you will need either a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated web hosting server that offers the access level required to complete such a procedure. For regular e-mail hosting purposes, though, you can set up a normal shared site hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a service that's widely popular, since the web page hosting and the mail hosting services are being served by two different web servers, often owned by different web hosting providers.

Web Page Hosting - the most widespread and universally used hosting service as of today. It's utilized for hosting web site files, whose sort depends on the OS the hosting server is running - Linux or Windows. Different types of files necessitate specific server OSs, or else they won't be exhibited correctly on the Internet. This form of web hosting may impose disk storage and bandwidth restrictions, root access and central processing unit usage restrictions.

Based on the mission and on the objectives, the user should pick the type of web server that he requires for his work, and, of course, the web hosting corporation that's going to supply it. There are different sorts of servers, based on the configuration and the web site hosting services that they offer. These are:

Shared Hosting Server - a shared hosting server offers a smaller amount of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small and middle scale web portals, which do not require vast amounts of disk space and traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers - they perform on the same principle as the shared web site hosting servers. In spite of that, there are much less users hosted on the same hosting server. That is why, each of them will get a bigger share of the web server's resources like RAM, web storage space, bandwidth and CPU. Excellent for hosting popular websites that do not require root-level access.

VPS hosting - the virtual private web hosting servers are excellent for middle scale web sites, which do require root-level access to the server's config files. Typically, there are a bunch of VPS web server hosting accounts accommodated on the same server. Even so, each of them is insulated from the others and runs its own OS.

Dedicated Servers - a fully dedicated physical server configured and accessed by you and solely you. It ensures an immense amount of resources. It also provides full root-level access, which makes it a perfect platform for any kind of web portal that requires a web space hosting solution.

The sole question that remains is:

Which hosting provider should I select?

As already mentioned, there are very few web hosting providers providing warez web hosting services due to judicial troubles. Such web hosting providers are being shut down practically every month. That is why, if you desire to set up such a service, you should do it on your own computer. The shared web page hosting service is the most widespread kind of hosting service. Hence, every webspace hosting corporation provides it. Not all of them, however, offer solutions such as virtual servers, semi-dedicated servers and dedicated web servers. Most of the small sized web space hosting distributors do not have the resources needed for maintaining those services. Because of that it's invariably best to pick a bigger web hosting company that can provide its customers with all the services that they necessitate. You can easily ID such web hosts by the sorts of solutions that they are making available and by the manner in which they introduce them to the clients. For example, some hosts allow you to start with a small scale web site hosting plan and afterwards upgrade to a more powerful one, if you consider it compulsory to do so. This is extremely convenient, because you do not have to migrate web pages between servers and there is no danger of facing service disturbances due to all the problems that may crop up. Hosting providers such as Free Hostia provide all kinds of services and have the adequate web hosting server resources and staff to guarantee that their customers will not stumble upon any predicaments when swapping services, which is what a top hosting firm is in fact all about.