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What Does Web Hosting Mean?
As its name implies, web hosting is a solution, which entails hosting web content. There are different varieties and types of web hosting, depending on the mission and on the objectives. Yet, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the Web. A web host is in fact a hosting server that is connected to the Web and has its own personal IP address, which allows users to access it through the World Wide Web. The web hosting server's architecture and its system resources are subject to the sort of web hosting solution it's going to be used for.
What are the various forms of hosting?
Depending on the goal, the professional hosting service may be:
File Storage Web Hosting - this form of hosting enables the clients to accommodate their files on a specific web server. With the traditional file hosting solution, the files that are deposited may only be accessed by the individual that's using the service. This hosting service usually concerns backups of computers , documents, private files and even other web hosting servers. This solution may also impose given limitations in terms of the server storage and the root-level access. There may also be web traffic limits, but that is dependent on the particular hosting service provider.
Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is very similar to the previous hosting service form. Still, unlike the file hosting service, the warez web hosting service is used for distributing licensed content without the sanction of the patent proprietor. In brief - it entails the illegal distribution of files and docs. There are lots of methods for this to be carried out, but the 2 principal methods are - via plain HTTP downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first one involves either a specific website, or, most typically, just a directory on a web server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download proprietary files free of charge. The second way involves a peer-to-peer connection, utilizing the so-called Torrent servers, through which users transmit files between each other. There aren't many web hosting companies that allow such form of hosting on their web hosting servers, chiefly because of all the legal complications that it presupposes. Typically such web portals are hosted on private dedicated servers that are registered by 3rd party corporations either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Electronic Mail Hosting - this service is applicable with both shared web hosting and dedicated hosting servers, based on the client's desire. If you desire to establish your own personal SMTP electronic mail server, then you will need either a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web server that offers the level of access needed to perform such an operation. For normal electronic mail hosting purposes, however, you can create a normal shared web hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain name. This is not a service that's very famous, since the web hosting and the email hosting services are being served by two separate servers, often owned by different web hosts.
Web Hosting - the most widely spread and broadly utilized hosting service as of today. It's used for hosting website files, whose sort is determined by the OS the web server is running - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files require concrete server OSs, otherwise they won't be displayed appropriately on the Web. This form of hosting may contain disk storage and web traffic limits, root access and CPU usage limits.
Based on the purpose and on the objectives, the customer should choose the sort of server that he requires for his work, and, of course, the web hosting firm that's going to provide it. There are different kinds of servers, based on the specs and the website hosting services that they provide. These are:
Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared hosting server provides a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small scale and medium size websites, which do not need immense amounts of disk storage and web traffic.
Semi-dedicated Hosting - they work on the same principle as the shared website hosting servers. Yet, there are much less clients accommodated on the same web server. For that reason, each of them will get a larger share of the web server's resources like RAM, server space, web traffic and CPU. Perfect for hosting enormous websites that do not need complete server root access.
VPS hosting are perfect for medium scale websites, which do demand root-level access to the web hosting server's config files. Normally, there are a number of virtual private web server accounts sharing the same physical server. Nevertheless, each of them is insulated from the rest and runs its own Operating System.
Dedicated Hosting - a fully dedicated physical machine configured and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a mammoth amount of system resources. It also provides root privileges, which makes it an excellent solution for any kind of online portal that needs a website hosting solution.
The only question that remains is:
Which hosting firm should I select?
As already stated, there are not many hosts providing warez web hosting services because of legal troubles. Such hosts are being shut down virtually every month. Therefore, if you would like to offer such a service, you should do it on your own computer. The shared hosting service is the most widely spread type of web hosting service. So, every website hosting firm provides it. Not all of them, however, provide solutions such as virtual servers, Semi-dedicated Hosting and dedicated web servers. Most of the small scale hosting corporations do not have the resources demanded for offering those solutions. You can quickly identify such web hosts by the kinds of solutions that they are supplying and by the way that they present them to the clients. For instance, some hosting providers permit you to begin with a low-end website hosting account and then upgrade to a more advanced one, if you find it obligatory to do so. This is quite suitable, because you do not need to move websites between hosting servers and there is no risk of experiencing network outages due to all the predicaments that may take place.
We, at The Cheapest Web Host offer all kinds of solutions and possess the adequate web hosting server resources and staff to guarantee that their customers will not experience any hassles when swapping services, which is what a top hosting distributor is actually all about.