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Definition of Web Hosting
As its name denotes, web hosting is a solution, which entails hosting online content. There are various varieties and types of hosting, depending on the mission and on the objectives. Nevertheless, they all entail hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the Internet. A host is actually a web server that is linked to the World Wide Web and has its own personal Internet Protocol address, which permits people to gain access to it through the Web. The hosting server's architecture and its resources are subject to the sort of hosting solution it's going to be used for.
What are the various forms of web hosting?
Depending on the usage, the professional hosting solution may be:
File Storage Hosting - this type of hosting allows the customers to save their files on a particular server. With the common file storage web hosting service, the files that are accommodated may only be accessed by the individual that's using the service. This hosting solution normally refers to backups of PCs , docs, private files and even other web hosting servers. This solution may also have certain limitations when it comes to the storage space and the root-level access. There may also be bandwidth restrictions, but that depends on the actual provider.
Warez Hosting - the so-called warez hosting solution is quite similar to the previous web hosting service form. However, in contrast with the file storage web hosting solution, the warez hosting service is utilized for distributing proprietary work without being given the okay to do so by the copyright proprietor. To cut a long story short - it is connected with the illegal transmission of files and materials. There are lots of methods for this to be executed, but the 2 principal ways are - via plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and through P2P connections. The first method involves either a specific site, or, most commonly, just a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download proprietary files free of charge. The second approach entails a P2P connection, making use of the so-called Torrent servers, via which users transmit files between each other. There are very few web hosting corporations that permit that form of hosting on their servers, chiefly because of all the legal predicaments that it presupposes. Generally such sites are hosted on personal dedicated web servers that are registered by 3rd party companies either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Mail Hosting - this service is applicable with both shared website hosting and dedicated hosting servers, depending on the customer's wish. If you would like to launch your very own personal SMTP e-mail server, then you will need either a VPS web server or a dedicated web hosting server that provides the level of access required to accomplish such an assignment. For ordinary e-mail hosting ends, though, you can avail of a simple shared web hosting account, to which you can point the MX 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, usually belonging to separate web hosts.
Web Hosting - the most widely spread and commonly used hosting service nowadays. It's utilized for hosting website files, whose kind is determined by the Operating System the web server is availing of - Linux or Windows. Different types of files require concrete hosting server Operating Systems, otherwise they won't be shown accurately on the Internet. This kind of hosting may impose disk space and traffic limitations, server root access and central processing unit usage restrictions.
Depending on the aims and on the functions, the user should pick the type of hosting server that he needs for his work, and, of course, the web hosting supplier that's going to provide it. There are different types of hosting servers, based on the specifications and the website hosting services that they offer. These are:
Shared Hosting Server - a shared hosting server includes a smaller amount of system resources, which, of course, is reflected on the price of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small and middle sized online portals, which do not require large quotas of data storage and traffic.
Semi-dedicated Web Hosting - they operate on the same principle as the shared hosting servers. In spite of that, there are much fewer users accommodated on the same server. Therefore, each of them will enjoy a larger share of the server's resources like RAM, web space, traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting immense web sites that do not require root privileges.
VPS web hosting are ideal for middle scale web sites, which do need root-level access to the server's config files. Generally, there are a bunch of virtual web hosting server accounts placed on the same physical server. Yet, each of them is insulated from the others and runs its own Operating System.
Dedicated Web Hosting - a fully dedicated web hosting server configured and accessed by you and solely you. It ensures an immense quantity of system resources. It also offers full root access, which renders it a perfect solution for any type of website that necessitates a web hosting service.
The only question that remains is:
Which website hosting vendor should I opt for?
As already mentioned, there are not many web hosting providers providing warez web hosting solutions because of judicial troubles. Such web hosting companies are being closed down virtually every month. Because of that, if you want to provide such a service, you should do it on your own PC. The shared web hosting service is the most widely spread kind of hosting service. Because of that, every website hosting distributor provides it. Not all of them, though, provide services such as VPS web hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Web Hosting and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the small sized website hosting distributors do not have the resources needed for maintaining those solutions. You can quickly recognize such companies by the kinds of services that they are providing and by the way that they present them to the customers. For example, certain hosts allow you to start with a smaller hosting plan and then move to a more powerful one, if you deem it obligatory to do so. This is very suitable, because you do not need to transfer web sites between web servers and there is no chance of suffering network downtime because of all the problems that may take place.
We, at hostleonard provide all types of services and have the adequate hosting server resources and personnel to guarantee that their clients will not encounter any hassles when changing services, which is what a top hosting distributor is actually all about.