Web Hosting Clarified
As its name suggests, web hosting is a service, which entails hosting web content. There are different forms and kinds of web hosting, based on the mission and on the usage. Nevertheless, they all involve hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the World Wide Web. A web host is in fact a web server that is linked to the World Wide Web and has its own IP address, which permits users to access it via the World Wide Web. The web hosting server's configuration and its limitations depend on the type of hosting service it's going to be used for.
What are the different forms of hosting?
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Based on the usage, the professional hosting service may be:
File Hosting - this type of hosting enables the users to lodge their files on a given web hosting server. With the average file storage hosting solution, the files that are stored may only be accessed by the client that's utilizing the service. This hosting solution normally involves backups of PCs , documents, personal files and even other web servers. This service may also contain given limitations with regard to the web storage space and the root access. There may also be traffic limitations, but that is dependent on the given web host.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is very similar to the previous web hosting service form. Nevertheless, unlike the file storage hosting service, the warez web hosting solution is used for distributing patented work without the blessing of the license keeper. In brief - it appertains to the forbidden dissemination of files and docs. There are numerous ways for this to be done, but the 2 main methods are - through plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via P2P connections. The first approach involves either a particular web portal, or, most commonly, simply a directory on a web server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download proprietary docs free of charge. The second way entails a P2P connection, availing of the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users swap files between each other. There are not many hosting providers that allow that form of hosting on their hosting servers, mainly owing to all the judicial problems that it presupposes. Usually such web pages are hosted on personal dedicated web hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party corporations either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Electronic Mail Hosting - this solution is utilized with both shared web hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the user's wish. If you want to run your own private SMTP electronic mail server, then you will need either a Virtual Private Server or a dedicated web hosting server that offers the level of access needed to accomplish such an assignment. For regular e-mail web hosting purposes, however, you can utilize a plain shared website hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a solution that's widely used, since the website hosting and the e-mail hosting services are being served by 2 different servers, often belonging to different web hosts.
Web Hosting - the most famous and immensely utilized hosting service nowadays. It's used for hosting site files, whose sort is determined by the Operating System the web server is utilizing - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files demand concrete hosting server Operating Systems, or else they won't be exhibited accurately on the Internet. This sort of web hosting may contain disk storage and web traffic limitations, root access and CPU usage limitations.
Based on the aims and on the usage, the customer should pick the type of web server that he demands for his work, and, of course, the website hosting company that's going to supply it. There are various types of web servers, based on the specifications and the website hosting services that they provide. These are:
Shared Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server supplies a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the cost of the service. It can be used for hosting small sized and medium sized web sites, which do not demand large quotas of web space and web traffic.
Semi-dedicated Web Hosting - they operate on the same principle as the shared web hosting servers. Nevertheless, there are much fewer customers accommodated on the same server. Therefore, each of them will receive a greater quota of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, disk storage space, web traffic and CPU. Excellent for hosting big sites that do not need root access.
VPS web hosting are perfect for medium web sites, which do require root access to the hosting server's config files. Usually, there are a few virtual server hosting accounts located on the same physical server. However, each of them is independent from the rest and runs its own Operating System.
Dedicated Web Hosting - a fully dedicated physical machine set up and accessed by you and solely you. It ensures a great quantity of resources. It also includes full root access, which renders it an ideal environment for any type of web portal that requires a web hosting solution.
The only question that's left is:
Which web hosting corporation should I settle on?
As already mentioned, there are very few hosting companies offering warez hosting solutions due to legal complications. Such web hosting companies are being shut down practically every month. That is why, if you desire to start such a service, you should do it on your very own personal computer. The shared website hosting service is the most widespread type of web hosting service. Because of that, each and every web hosting company provides it. Not all of them, however, offer solutions such as VPS hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Web Hosting and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the smaller website hosting vendors do not have the resources needed for offering those solutions. You can easily identify such hosting companies by the types of services that they are supplying and by the manner in which they introduce them to the clients. For example, certain web hosting companies allow you to commence with a small sized web hosting account and then move to a bigger one, if you deem it necessary to do so. This is extremely suitable, since you do not need to migrate web pages between hosting servers and there is no risk of facing service downtime because of all the predicaments that may appear.
We, at IDEA MD Hosting provide all kinds of solutions and have the needed web server resources and personnel to assure that their customers will not experience any troubles when swapping services, which is what a top hosting supplier is in fact all about.