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An explanation of site hosting

As its name implies, web hosting is a service, which entails hosting online content. There are various forms and kinds of hosting, based on the purpose and on the functions. Even so, they all are related to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the Internet. A web host is in fact a web hosting service that is connected to the World Wide Web and has its very own Internet Protocol address, which permits people to have access to it via the Web. The web hosting server's architecture and its system resources depend on the form of hosting service it's going to be used for.

What are the various forms of hosting?

Based on the goal, the business website hosting service may be:

File Web Hosting - this type of web hosting permits the customers to store their files on a certain hosting server. With the common file storage hosting service, the files that are kept may only be accessed by the client that's utilizing the service. This hosting solution normally appertains to backups of computers , docs, personal files and even other hosting servers. This solution may also impose given restrictions when it comes to the data storage and the root access. There may also be bandwidth limitations, but that depends on the particular web host.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is quite similar to the previous web hosting service form. Still, in contrast with the file storage web hosting solution, the warez web hosting service is used for circulating copyrighted content without being green-lighted by the copyright keeper. To put it briefly - it is associated with the forbidden distribution of files and materials. There are many ways for this to be executed, but the two chief ways are - through simple HTTP downloading and through P2P connections. The first one involves either a certain site, or, most commonly, simply a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download licensed docs for free. The second approach involves a peer-to-peer connection, making use of the so-called Torrent servers, through which users transfer files between each other. There are very few webspace hosting vendors that allow such type of web hosting on their web servers, mainly owing to all the legal complications that it involves. Typically such websites are hosted on personal dedicated hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party corporations either in the Middle East or in Asia.

E-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 would like to set up your own personal SMTP e-mail server, then you will need either a private virtual hosting server or a dedicated hosting server that offers the access level needed to complete such a task. For standard mail hosting purposes, though, you can set up an average shared site hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a solution that's widely famous, since the site hosting and the e-mail hosting services are being served by 2 different web servers, usually owned by different web hosts.

Web Site Hosting - the most popular and vastly utilized hosting service as of today. It's used for hosting website files, whose sort is determined by the Operating System the web hosting server is utilizing - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files necessitate concrete hosting server Operating Systems, or else they won't be exhibited correctly on the Web. This kind of web hosting may have storage space and bandwidth limits, root access and central processing unit usage restrictions.

Based on the aims and on the objectives, the customer should select the kind of hosting server that he demands for his project, and, of course, the site hosting company that's going to supply it. There are several kinds of web hosting servers, based on the configuration and the site hosting solutions that they offer. These are:

Shared Website Hosting Server - a shared web space hosting server offers a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be used for hosting small and medium web pages, which do not demand large quantities of server space and traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Hosting - they operate on the same principle as the shared site hosting servers. Even so, there are much fewer customers sharing the same hosting server. For that reason, each of them will enjoy a larger quota of the web server's resources like RAM, disk space, web traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting bulky web sites that do not demand full root privileges.

VPS - the Virtual Private Servers are perfect for medium web sites, which do demand root-level access to the web server's config files. Usually, there are several private virtual web server accounts accommodated on the same physical machine. In spite of that, each of them is insulated from the other ones and runs its own Operating System.

Dedicated Server - a completely dedicated server set up and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a mammoth quantity of system resources. It also includes full root-level access, which makes it the optimal environment for any sort of site that needs a hosting solution.

The sole question that's left is:

Which website hosting firm should I choose?

As mentioned above, there are just a few hosting providers offering warez hosting services due to legal entanglements. Such web hosting providers are being closed down almost every month. Therefore, if you would like to create such a service, you should do it on your own computer. The shared web space hosting service is the most famous type of web hosting service. For that reason, each and every site hosting distributor provides it. Not all of them, though, provide solutions such as Virtual Private Servers, semi-dedicated web hosting servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the smaller hosting corporations do not have the resources required for offering those services. Hence it's invariably best to pick a larger hosting company that can supply its clients with all the solutions that they necessitate. You can quickly ID such web hosts by the types of services that they are providing and by the manner in which they introduce them to the clients. For example, some web hosting providers allow you to start with a low-end web site hosting account and afterwards move to a more powerful one, if you find it compulsory to do so. This is quite suitable, because you do not need to transfer websites between servers and there is no possibility of experiencing service disturbances due to all the complications that may arise. Web hosting companies such as AfterHost provide all sorts of services and have the necessary server resources and staff to assure that their customers will not come across any predicaments when changing services, which is what a top hosting firm is in fact all about.