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A definition of website hosting

As its name denotes, web hosting is a solution, which involves hosting online content. There are different forms and types of web hosting, based on the purpose and on the usage. Even so, they all entail hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the Web. A web host is actually a web server that is connected to the Web and has its very own IP address, which enables people to access it through the Internet. The web server's configuration and its resources are dependent on the form of web hosting solution it will be used for.

What are the various types of web hosting?

Depending on the application, the hosting solution may be:

File Storage Hosting - this type of web hosting allows the clients to deposit their files on a given hosting server. With the traditional file storage hosting solution, the files that are stashed may only be accessed by the client that's utilizing the service. This hosting service generally is connected with backups of personal computers , documents, private files and even other servers. This service may also involve given limits in relation to the disk storage space and the root-level access. There may also be web traffic limitations, but that depends on the actual provider.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez hosting service is very similar to the previous hosting service form. Even so, unlike the file storage hosting service, the warez web hosting solution is utilized for disseminating proprietary work without the approval of the license holder. To put it briefly - it appertains to the prohibited circulation of files and docs. There are a lot of methods for this to be carried out, but the two essential approaches are - through plain HTTP downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first approach involves either a specific site, or, most often, just a directory on a server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thus download proprietary materials for free. The second approach entails a P2P connection, making use of the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users exchange files between each other. There are a few web space hosting providers that permit such type of web hosting on their hosting servers, mostly owing to all the judicial entanglements that it presupposes. Commonly such sites are hosted on personal dedicated web servers that are registered by 3rd party enterprises either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Electronic Mail Hosting - this service is relevant with both shared web space hosting and dedicated web servers, based on the user's intention. If you would like to launch your own private SMTP electronic mail server, then you will require either a VPS hosting server or a dedicated hosting server that offers the level of access needed to perform such an assignment. For normal e-mail hosting ends, though, you can avail of an ordinary shared web page hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a solution that's widely used, because the web site hosting and the e-mail hosting services are being served by two different servers, usually owned by different web hosting providers.

Website Hosting - the most famous and commonly used hosting service at the moment. It's utilized for hosting web site files, whose type depends on the OS the hosting server is availing of - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files demand different web hosting server Operating Systems, otherwise they won't be shown appropriately on the Internet. This form of web hosting may impose web storage space and traffic limits, server root access and CPU usage restrictions.

Based on the aims and on the functions, the customer should select the sort of web hosting server that he demands for his work, and, of course, the web site hosting provider that's going to furnish it. There are various kinds of hosting servers, based on the specs and the webspace hosting solutions that they provide. These are:

Shared Hosting Server - a shared web hosting server provides a smaller amount of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small and medium sites, which do not require big quotas of disk storage space and web traffic.

Semi-Dedicated - they are based on the same principle as the shared web site hosting servers. In spite of that, there are much fewer clients hosted on the same hosting server. That is why, each of them will get a bigger quota of the web server's resources like RAM, web storage, bandwidth and CPU. Excellent for hosting bulky websites that do not need complete server root access.

Virtual Private Server - the VPS web hosting servers are ideal for middle size web sites, which do require root-level access to the web hosting server's config files. Commonly, there are a few VPS hosting accounts situated on the same physical server. Yet, each of them is isolated from the other ones and has its own Operating System.

Dedicated Servers - a fully dedicated machine configured and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a big quantity of system resources. It also includes root privileges, which makes it a perfect environment for any type of website that requires a webspace hosting solution.

The only question that's left is:

Which web site hosting provider should I opt for?

As mentioned, there are not many hosting providers offering warez hosting solutions due to legal troubles. Such hosting providers are being shut down practically every month. For that reason, if you wish to provide such a service, you should do it on your very own computer. The shared web space hosting solution is the most famous kind of web hosting service. That is why, every site hosting corporation provides it. Not all of them, though, offer services such as virtual servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the small sized website hosting vendors do not have the means needed for maintaining those solutions. Because of that it's invariably best to select a larger company that can supply its customers with all the services that they request. You can effortlessly identify such hosts by the kinds of solutions that they are supplying and by the manner in which they present them to the clients. For example, certain web hosting providers permit you to start with a low-end web site hosting plan and subsequently move to a more powerful one, if you deem it compulsory to do so. This is very suitable, because you do not have to migrate web sites between web hosting servers and there is no risk of facing service interruptions because of all the complications that may take place. Web hosting providers such as BRAND A CLOUD provide all kinds of services and possess the needed web hosting server resources and personnel to assure that their customers will not run into any problems when swapping services, which is what a top hosting company is actually all about.