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A description of web hosting

As its name denotes, web hosting is a service, which entails hosting web content. There are different varieties and kinds of hosting, based on the purpose and on the functions. Still, they all involve hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the Internet. A web host is in fact a server that is linked to the Internet and has its very own Internet Protocol address, which permits users to access it via the World Wide Web. The server's architecture and its system resources are dependent on the form of hosting solution it will be used for.

What are the different forms of web hosting?

Depending on the objective, the hosting solution may be:

File Storage Web Hosting - this type of web hosting allows the users to stash their files on a certain web hosting server. With the conventional file web hosting solution, the files that are hosted may only be accessed by the customer that's utilizing the service. This hosting solution typically refers to backups of computers , documents, personal files and even other web hosting servers. This service may also impose certain limitations with regard to the data storage space and the root access. There may also be web traffic quota limits, but that depends on the actual web hosting provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting solution is quite similar to the previous hosting service form. However, in contrast with the file storage web hosting solution, the warez hosting solution is used for distributing licensed materials without the sanction of the patent bearer. In brief - it appertains to the illegitimate propagation of files and materials. There are multiple methods for this to be fulfilled, but the 2 principal ways are - through simple Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first way involves either a particular web site, or, most typically, simply a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download proprietary materials for free. The second way entails a peer-to-peer connection, making use of the so-called Torrent servers, via which people swap files between each other. There are very few site hosting firms that permit that type of hosting on their web servers, mainly owing to all the legal problems that it involves. Generally such web pages are hosted on private dedicated web servers that are registered by third-party corporations either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Electronic Mail Web Hosting - this service is applicable with both shared web hosting and dedicated servers, depending on the user's intention. If you want to launch your own personal SMTP server, then you will require either a VPS hosting server or a dedicated hosting server that provides the level of access required to accomplish such a task. For ordinary email hosting purposes, though, you can use a conventional shared website hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain name. This is not a service that's widely used, because the web page hosting and the mail hosting services are being served by two different web servers, usually belonging to separate hosts.

Site Hosting - the most widely spread and widely utilized hosting service as of today. It's used for hosting web site files, whose sort is dependent on the Operating System the server is running - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files necessitate different hosting server Operating Systems, or else they won't be shown appropriately on the Internet. This type of web hosting may have web storage space and traffic quota limitations, server root access and CPU usage restrictions.

Depending on the aims and on the objectives, the user should choose the type of server that he needs for his work, and, of course, the web hosting firm that's going to furnish it. There are several sorts of servers, based on the specifications and the site hosting services that they provide. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared web server provides a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small and medium size sites, which do not demand big amounts of data space and bandwidth.

Semi-Dedicated Servers Hosting - they work on the very same principle as the shared website hosting servers. Yet, there are much less customers accommodated on the same server. That is why, each of them will obtain a bigger quota of the hosting server's resources like RAM, data storage, web traffic and CPU. Perfect for hosting heavy web sites that do not need full root-level access.

VPS hosting - the private virtual servers are excellent for medium size websites, which do need root access to the web server's config files. Commonly, there are a bunch of virtual hosting server accounts accommodated on the same physical server. Nonetheless, each of them is autonomous from the other ones and has its own OS.

Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated web hosting server configured and accessed by you and only you. It ensures a tremendous amount of resources. It also offers full root privileges, which renders it an excellent solution for any type of site that demands a site hosting service.

The only question that remains is:

Which web space hosting supplier should I pick?

As already mentioned, there are not many web hosting providers offering warez web hosting solutions because of legal problems. Such web hosting providers are being shut down practically every month. Therefore, if you desire to offer such a service, you should do it on your own PC. The shared site hosting service is the most widespread kind of hosting service. For that reason, every website hosting firm provides it. Not all of them, however, provide solutions such as Virtual Private Servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated servers. Most of the small scale web space hosting distributors do not have the resources demanded for maintaining those services. Because of that it's always best to choose a larger company that can supply its customers with all the services that they are searching for. You can quickly identify such web hosting companies by the types of services that they are making available and by the way that they present them to the customers. For example, some web hosting providers allow you to start with a low-end web hosting account and subsequently move to a more powerful one, if you consider it obligatory to do so. This is quite suitable, because you do not need to move sites between hosting servers and there is no danger of suffering service interruptions because of all the problems that may show up. Hosting companies such as ChopperLine provide all sorts of services and possess the necessary hosting server resources and staff to guarantee that their customers will not experience any predicaments when swapping services, which is what a top hosting distributor is actually all about.