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What Does Web Hosting Represent?

As its name denotes, web hosting is a service, which involves hosting online content. There are different varieties and kinds of web hosting, based on the mission and on the functions. Nevertheless, they all involve hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the Internet. A host is in fact a web hosting service that is connected to the Web and has its own IP address, which enables users to get access to it through the World Wide Web. The web server's architecture and its limitations depend on the type of hosting service it's going to be utilized for.

What are the various types of hosting?

Based on the purpose, the professional hosting solution may be:

File Web Hosting - this type of web hosting permits the users to store their files on a given web server. With the average file hosting solution, the files that are stashed may only be accessed by the user that's availing of the service. This web hosting service mainly appertains to backups of PCs , docs, personal files and even other hosting servers. This service may also include certain restrictions in terms of the disk storage space and the root privileges. There may also be traffic limitations, but that is dependent on the particular web host.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is quite similar to the previous web hosting service type. Nonetheless, unlike the file web hosting solution, the warez hosting service is used for circulating licensed materials without being green-lighted by the license proprietor. To cut a long story short - it entails the illegitimate propagation of files and materials. There are many methods for this to be done, but the 2 main ways are - through simple HTTP downloading and through peer-to-peer connections. The first way entails either a given web page, or, most often, simply a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thus download licensed materials for free. The second way involves a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent servers, through which users share files between each other. There are very few website hosting corporations that allow that form of web hosting on their servers, mostly because of all the legal entanglements that it involves. Generally such web sites are hosted on personal dedicated hosting servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Electronic Mail Hosting - this solution is utilized with both shared web hosting and dedicated web hosting servers, depending on the customer's wish. If you wish to run your very own private SMTP server, then you will require either a virtual hosting server or a dedicated web server that offers the access level required to complete such an assignment. For customary mail web hosting ends, however, you can create a plain shared website hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain name. This is not a service that's very famous, since the web hosting and the email hosting services are being served by 2 separate servers, often owned by separate providers.

Web Hosting - the most widespread and widely utilized hosting service these days. It's utilized for hosting web site files, whose kind is determined by the Operating System the hosting server is availing of - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files need different web server Operating Systems, otherwise they won't be shown properly on the World Wide Web. This sort of web hosting may have data storage and bandwidth restrictions, root-level access and central processing unit usage limitations.

Depending on the aims and on the functions, the customer should pick the sort of server that he requires for his project, and, of course, the website hosting corporation that's going to furnish it. There are several types of servers, based on the specs and the website hosting services that they offer. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared hosting server offers a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is reflected on the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small sized and middle scale web pages, which do not need enormous quantities of data storage space and web traffic.

Semi-dedicated Hosting - they function on the same principle as the shared web servers. However, there are much less users hosted on the same web hosting server. That is why, each of them will have a bigger share of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, server storage space, web traffic and CPU. Excellent for hosting enormous web sites that do not need complete server root access.

VPS hosting are excellent for medium scale web pages, which do need root-level access to the web server's config files. Typically, there are a number of virtual hosting server accounts placed on the same server. However, each of them is insulated from the rest and has its own OS.

Dedicated Hosting - a fully dedicated web server set up and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a big quantity of resources. It also provides root-level access, which makes it a perfect solution for any kind of web site that needs a website hosting service.

The only question that's left is:

Which web hosting distributor should I settle on?

As already stated, there are not many providers offering warez web hosting solutions due to judicial entanglements. Such web hosting companies are being closed down practically every month. Therefore, if you want to run such a service, you should do it on your own PC. The shared website hosting solution is the most widespread kind of hosting service. Hence, each and every web hosting provider offers it. Not all of them, however, offer solutions such as virtual hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Hosting and dedicated web servers. Most of the small sized website hosting distributors do not have the means demanded for offering those solutions. You can easily recognize such web hosts by the kinds of services that they are providing and by the manner in which they introduce them to the clientele. For instance, certain web hosting companies allow you to commence with a low-end web hosting plan and subsequently upgrade to a more advanced one, if you deem it necessary to do so. This is extremely suitable, because you do not need to transfer websites between hosting servers and there is no risk of facing service outages because of all the problems that may arise.

We, at Linux Hosts Inc. provide all sorts of services and have the necessary web server resources and staff to guarantee that their customers will not suffer any complications when swapping services, which is what a top hosting corporation is in fact all about.