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An explanation of web page hosting

As its name denotes, web hosting is a service, which involves hosting web content. There are various forms and kinds of web hosting, depending on the purpose and on the objectives. Nevertheless, they all entail hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the Web. A host is actually a web server that is connected to the Internet and has its own personal Internet Protocol address, which enables people to get access to it through the World Wide Web. The server's architecture and its limitations are dependent on the type of web hosting service it's going to be utilized for.

What are the different types of web hosting?

Based on the application, the professional web hosting solution may be:

File Storage Web Hosting - this type of hosting enables the clients to deposit their files on a specific web hosting server. With the average file storage web hosting solution, the files that are saved may only be accessed by the customer that's using the service. This hosting service traditionally pertains to backups of personal computers , docs, private files and even other servers. This solution may also include certain restrictions with regard to the server storage and the root-level access. There may also be web traffic restrictions, but that depends on the particular web hosting service provider.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is resembling the previous hosting service type. However, in contrast with the file hosting service, the warez hosting service is used for distributing licensed content without the blessing of the licence bearer. In short - it is connected with the unauthorized transmission of files and docs. There are many methods for this to be brought about, but the 2 chief methods are - via simple HTTP downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first approach entails either a given web site, or, most typically, simply a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thus download licensed content free of charge. The second way involves a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users share files between each other. There aren't many website hosting companies that permit that type of hosting on their servers, chiefly due to all the legal problems that it presupposes. Usually such web sites are hosted on private dedicated servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Electronic Mail Web Hosting - this solution is utilized with both shared webspace hosting and dedicated servers, based on the customer's wish. If you want to create your very own personal SMTP electronic mail server, then you will require either a VPS server or a dedicated web hosting server that offers the access level required to carry out such an assignment. For standard e-mail web hosting ends, however, you can open a regular shared website hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a service that's very famous, since the web page hosting and the email hosting services are being served by 2 different servers, usually belonging to different companies.

Web Page Hosting - the most widely spread and regularly used hosting service at present. It's utilized for hosting site files, whose type depends on the OS the server is availing of - Linux or Windows. Different types of files necessitate specific hosting server Operating Systems, or else they won't be displayed appropriately on the World Wide Web. This kind of web hosting may include disk storage and bandwidth quota limitations, root access and CPU usage restrictions.

Depending on the goals and on the objectives, the customer should select the sort of server that he requires for his project, and, of course, the web hosting provider that's going to supply it. There are different kinds of web hosting servers, based on the specifications and the hosting solutions that they offer. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared webspace hosting server includes a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is reflected on the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small scale and medium size web sites, which do not demand large quantities of disk space and web traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers - they are based on the same principle as the shared webspace hosting servers. Still, there are much less users hosted on the same server. For that reason, each of them will get a bigger share of the hosting server's resources like RAM, web storage space, traffic and CPU. Excellent for hosting enormous web pages that do not require server root access.

Virtual Private Server - the VPSs are perfect for medium online portals, which do require root-level access to the web server's configuration files. Commonly, there are a bunch of VPS hosting accounts situated on the same physical machine. Still, each of them is independent from the rest and runs its own OS.

Dedicated Server Hosting - a fully dedicated web hosting server configured and accessed by you and solely you. It ensures a gigantic quantity of resources. It also includes complete root access, which renders it a perfect solution for any sort of site that demands a web space hosting service.

The sole question that remains is:

Which web site hosting firm should I select?

As mentioned above, there are very few companies offering warez hosting solutions due to legal problems. Such providers are being closed down virtually every month. Therefore, if you wish to run such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared site hosting service is the most widely spread kind of hosting service. For that reason, each website hosting distributor provides it. Not all of them, though, provide solutions such as VPS web servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated servers. Most of the small scale hosting corporations do not have the means demanded for maintaining those services. That is the reason why it's always best to select a bigger hosting company that can provide its customers with all the solutions that they want. You can quickly ID such web hosts by the kinds of services that they are making available and by the way that they present them to the clientele. For example, certain companies allow you to kick off with a low-end website hosting plan and subsequently move to a bigger one, if you find it mandatory to do so. This is extremely suitable, since you do not need to transfer web sites between web hosting servers and there is no danger of experiencing service interruptions due to all the problems that may take place. Providers such as AIDA Host are offering all sorts of solutions and possess the necessary web server resources and staff to ensure that their customers will not stumble upon any predicaments when swapping services, which is what a top hosting company is in fact all about.