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A definition of web page hosting

As its name denotes, web hosting is a solution, which involves hosting online content. There are different forms and types of hosting, based on the aims and on the functions. Nonetheless, they all are related to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the Internet. A web host is actually a web server that is connected to the Internet and has its own Internet Protocol address, which enables people to gain access to it through the World Wide Web. The server's configuration and its system resources are determined by the sort of web hosting solution it will be utilized for.

What are the different forms of hosting?

Depending on the application, the web hosting service may be:

File Web Hosting - this form of web hosting enables the clients to stash their files on a specific web server. With the common file storage hosting service, the files that are deposited may only be accessed by the user that's availing of the service. This web hosting solution traditionally applies to backups of personal computers , docs, personal files and even other web hosting servers. This service may also contain certain limits in relation to the web storage and the root access. There may also be bandwidth limitations, but that is dependent on the actual web host.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is quite similar to the previous web hosting service type. Yet, in contrast with the file storage hosting service, the warez web hosting service is used for circulating proprietary content without being green-lighted by the licence bearer. In short - it involves the unlawful distribution of files and docs. There are many methods for this to be fulfilled, but the two chief methods are - via simple HTTP downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first approach entails either some web site, or, most often, just a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thus download patented files free of cost. The second method involves a P2P connection, making use of the so-called Torrent web servers, via which users share files between each other. There are very few webspace hosting suppliers that permit such form of web hosting on their servers, mostly owing to all the judicial complications that it presupposes. Generally such web portals are hosted on private dedicated servers that are registered by third-party companies either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Mail Web Hosting - this service is applicable with both shared site hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the client's wish. If you would like to establish your very own personal SMTP server, then you will require either a private virtual web hosting server or a dedicated web hosting server that offers the access level needed to carry out such a task. For standard electronic mail web hosting purposes, however, you can create a normal shared website hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain name. This is not a solution that's very famous, since the web page hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by 2 separate servers, usually owned by different providers.

Website Hosting - the most popular and broadly used hosting service these days. It's used for hosting website files, whose kind depends on the OS the web server is availing of - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files demand different web server OSs, or else they won't be shown properly on the Internet. This kind of web hosting may involve disk storage and traffic quota limitations, root access and CPU usage limitations.

Based on the purpose and on the objectives, the user should pick the type of server that he needs for his project, and, of course, the website hosting provider that's going to furnish it. There are several kinds of web hosting servers, based on the configuration and the web hosting solutions that they provide. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared hosting server includes a smaller amount of system resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small and medium sized online portals, which do not require large amounts of web storage space and web traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers Hosting - they operate on the same principle as the shared website hosting servers. In spite of that, there are much less users hosted on the same server. Therefore, each of them will get a greater quota of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, disk storage, bandwidth and CPU. Excellent for hosting big web portals that do not need server root access.

Virtual Private Server - the Virtual Private Servers are perfect for middle size web pages, which do need root-level access to the hosting server's config files. Generally, there are a few private virtual server accounts placed on the same physical server. Still, each of them is autonomous from the rest and has its own Operating System.

Dedicated Servers Hosting - a completely dedicated machine set up and accessed by you and only you. It ensures a vast quantity of system resources. It also provides root privileges, which makes it an ideal solution for any type of web portal that necessitates a website hosting solution.

The only question that remains is:

Which web site hosting firm should I pick?

As already mentioned, there are very few hosting providers providing warez web hosting solutions due to judicial troubles. Such hosting providers are being closed down almost every month. That is why, if you would like to start such a service, you should do it on your very own personal computer. The shared site hosting solution is the most famous kind of hosting service. For that reason, each and every hosting firm provides it. Not all of them, however, provide services such as private virtual hosting servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated servers. Most of the small scale web space hosting suppliers do not have the means required for maintaining those services. For that reason it's invariably best to select a bigger web host that can supply its customers with all the solutions that they need. You can quickly recognize such web hosts by the sorts of services that they are making available and by the way that they present them to the clients. For example, certain providers allow you to begin with a small scale hosting package and then upgrade to a bigger one, if you deem it compulsory to do so. This is extremely convenient, since you do not have to relocate websites between web servers and there is no risk of facing network downtime due to all the complications that may show up. Hosting companies such as AfterHost are offering all types of services and have the required web hosting server resources and staff to guarantee that their clients will not encounter any troubles when swapping services, which is what a top hosting provider is in fact all about.