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A definition of website hosting

As its name signifies, web hosting is a solution, which entails hosting online content. There are different varieties and kinds of hosting, depending on the purpose and on the usage. However, they all are associated with hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the Web. A host is in fact a server that is linked to the World Wide Web and has its own personal IP address, which allows users to access it via the Web. The hosting server's configuration and its system resources depend on the sort of hosting service it's going to be used for.

What are the various types of web hosting?

Based on the purpose, the business website hosting service may be:

File Web Hosting - this type of hosting enables the clients to save their files on a particular web hosting server. With the typical file web hosting solution, the files that are hosted may only be accessed by the client that's utilizing the service. This web hosting solution typically refers to backups of PCs , docs, private files and even other web hosting servers. This service may also involve given restrictions with regard to the data space and the root access. There may also be traffic limitations, but that depends on the particular service provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is resembling the previous hosting service type. However, in contrast with the file storage hosting service, the warez hosting service is used for propagating proprietary materials without the sanction of the patent possessor. To cut a long story short - it appertains to the illicit dissemination of files and materials. There are multiple ways for this to be executed, but the 2 main methods are - via simple HTTP downloading and through P2P connections. The first one entails either a given web page, or, most often, simply a directory on a server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download proprietary files free of cost. The second method entails a P2P connection, making use of the so-called Torrent servers, via which people swap files between each other. There are not many web space hosting companies that allow that form of hosting on their web hosting servers, mainly due to all the judicial entanglements that it presupposes. Commonly such web pages are hosted on personal dedicated servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Mail Web Hosting - this solution is applicable with both shared hosting and dedicated servers, based on the client's intention. If you want to establish your own personal SMTP email server, then you will need either a VPS web hosting server or a dedicated web server that provides the access level needed to accomplish such a task. For conventional e-mail web hosting purposes, however, you can use an ordinary shared web space 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, often owned by separate providers.

Web Page Hosting - the most widespread and immensely used hosting service nowadays. It's used for hosting web site files, whose kind is determined by the Operating System the web hosting server is running - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files need specific server Operating Systems, or else they won't be shown properly on the Web. This kind of web hosting may contain server storage and traffic restrictions, server root access and central processing unit usage limitations.

Based on the goals and on the usage, the customer should pick the type of server that he demands for his work, and, of course, the web hosting supplier that's going to furnish it. There are several types of web servers, depending on the configuration and the webspace hosting services that they offer. These are:

Shared Hosting Server - a shared web site hosting server supplies a smaller amount of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small sized and middle scale web portals, which do not require huge quotas of disk storage space and web traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers Hosting - they function on the very same principle as the shared webspace hosting servers. Even so, there are much fewer users hosted on the same hosting server. Because of that, each of them will obtain a larger quota of the web server's resources like RAM, web storage space, traffic and CPU. Excellent for hosting enormous web portals that do not demand full root access.

VPS hosting - the private virtual hosting servers are ideal for middle sized web sites, which do demand root-level access to the server's config files. Commonly, there are a handful of private virtual hosting server accounts placed on the same machine. However, each of them is isolated from the rest and has its own OS.

Dedicated Servers - a completely dedicated web server set up and accessed by you and solely you. It ensures a considerable quantity of system resources. It also gives complete root-level access, which renders it an excellent solution for any sort of web page that requires a web space hosting service.

The sole question that remains is:

Which web site hosting firm should I settle on?

As already mentioned, there are just a few hosting providers providing warez hosting solutions because of judicial troubles. Such companies are being shut down virtually every month. Therefore, if you wish to create such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared webspace hosting solution is the most popular type of web hosting service. Because of that, each hosting firm offers it. Not all of them, though, provide solutions such as Virtual Private Servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated web servers. Most of the small scale webspace hosting suppliers do not have the resources needed for offering those solutions. Hence it's always best to opt for a larger company that can provide its customers with all the solutions that they request. You can effortlessly recognize such hosts by the sorts of solutions that they are supplying and by the way that they introduce them to the customers. For example, certain providers permit you to kick off with a low-end web site hosting package and then move to a more powerful one, if you consider it obligatory to do so. This is quite suitable, because you do not have to migrate web pages between servers and there is no possibility of suffering network outages because of all the problems that may arise. Web hosting companies such as Smartway Hosting provide all sorts of services and possess the required hosting server resources and personnel to guarantee that their clients will not stumble upon any complications when swapping services, which is what a top hosting supplier is actually all about.