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A definition of site hosting

As its name implies, web hosting is a solution, which involves hosting web content. There are various forms and kinds of web hosting, depending on the purpose and on the functions. Still, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the Internet. A host is actually a hosting server that is connected to the World Wide Web and has its own personal Internet Protocol address, which enables users to have access to it via the Web. The hosting server's configuration and its system resources are dependent on the sort of web hosting solution it's going to be used for.

What are the various types of hosting?

Depending on the goal, the hosting solution may be:

File Web Hosting - this form of hosting allows the clients to store their files on a given hosting server. With the routine file web hosting service, the files that are deposited may only be accessed by the customer that's using the service. This web hosting solution mainly refers to backups of personal computers , docs, personal files and even other servers. This service may also include given limitations with regard to the data space and the root privileges. There may also be bandwidth limits, but that is dependent on the given host.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is very similar to the previous web hosting service type. Nevertheless, unlike the file storage web hosting solution, the warez hosting solution is used for transmitting patented materials without being given the go-ahead by the patent keeper. To put it briefly - it pertains to the illegal circulation of files and documents. There are a lot of ways for this to be completed, but the two principal ways are - via simple Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via P2P connections. The first approach entails either some site, or, most often, simply a directory on a web server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download proprietary documents free of charge. The second way involves a P2P connection, making use of the so-called Torrent servers, via which users share files between each other. There aren't many site hosting firms that permit that form of hosting on their web servers, mainly because of all the legal complications that it presupposes. Typically such web sites are hosted on private dedicated hosting servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

E-mail Hosting - this solution is used with both shared web space hosting and dedicated hosting servers, based on the customer's wish. If you desire to build your own private SMTP mail server, then you will require either a virtual private web hosting server or a dedicated hosting server that provides the level of access needed to accomplish such a procedure. For standard e-mail web hosting ends, however, you can create an ordinary shared hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain name. This is not a service that's very popular, because the site hosting and the email hosting services are being served by two separate servers, often owned by separate providers.

Site Hosting - the most widely spread and widely utilized hosting service at the moment. It's used for hosting site files, whose kind depends on the Operating System the server is making use of - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files necessitate concrete web hosting server OSs, or else they won't be shown correctly on the World Wide Web. This form of hosting may contain disk storage and bandwidth restrictions, root access and CPU usage restrictions.

Based on the aims and on the objectives, the user should pick the sort of server that he needs for his work, and, of course, the site hosting company that's going to supply it. There are several kinds of hosting servers, based on the configuration and the webspace hosting solutions that they offer. These are:

Shared Website Hosting Server - a shared web space hosting server offers a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be used for hosting small size and middle size sites, which do not demand enormous quantities of data storage and traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers Hosting - they work on the same principle as the shared webspace hosting servers. However, there are much fewer users hosted on the same web server. Hence, each of them will enjoy a greater quota of the hosting server's resources like RAM, data storage space, bandwidth and CPU. Excellent for hosting big sites that do not demand root privileges.

VPS hosting - the virtual private web hosting servers are excellent for middle size websites, which do need root-level access to the web server's config files. Traditionally, there are a handful of virtual private hosting server accounts situated on the same physical machine. Even so, each of them is independent from the rest and runs its own Operating System.

Dedicated Server Hosting - a fully dedicated web hosting server set up and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees a great amount of system resources. It also offers root-level access, which makes it the optimal solution for any type of web portal that requires a hosting service.

The sole question that's left is:

Which hosting firm should I choose?

As already mentioned, there are just a few hosting companies providing warez web hosting solutions due to legal troubles. Such hosts are being shut down practically every month. For that reason, if you desire to start such a service, you should do it on your own computer. The shared web site hosting solution is the most widely spread type of web hosting service. Therefore, each and every website hosting provider provides it. Not all of them, however, provide solutions such as virtual private web servers, semi-dedicated web hosting servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the small sized web site hosting companies do not have the resources needed for maintaining those services. That's why it's always best to settle on a larger hosting company that can supply its customers with all the services that they want. You can quickly recognize such hosting companies by the kinds of solutions that they are making available and by the manner in which they present them to the customers. For instance, certain web hosts allow you to begin with a small scale web space hosting account and afterwards shift to a more advanced one, if you consider it mandatory to do so. This is quite suitable, because you do not have to relocate web portals between servers and there is no possibility of facing network outages because of all the problems that may show up. Providers like Universal-Hosting are offering all kinds of solutions and have the required server resources and staff to guarantee that their clients will not face any troubles when swapping services, which is what a top hosting vendor is in fact all about.