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What Does Web Hosting Mean?
As its name denotes, web hosting is a solution, which involves hosting online content. There are different forms and kinds of web hosting, based on the purpose and on the objectives. In spite of that, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the World Wide Web. A host is in fact a web server that is connected to the Internet and has its own personal IP address, which permits people to get access to it via the World Wide Web. The hosting server's configuration and its limitations depend on the form of hosting service it will be used for.
What are the different types of web hosting?
Depending on the objective, the professional hosting service may be:
File Web Hosting - this type of web hosting permits the clients to stash their files on a given server. With the typical file hosting solution, the files that are stored may only be accessed by the individual that's using the service. This web hosting solution typically entails backups of personal computers , docs, private files and even other hosting servers. This solution may also contain certain restrictions in relation to the disk space and the root access. There may also be traffic restrictions, but that is dependent on the given service provider.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting solution is resembling the previous hosting service form. However, in contrast with the file hosting solution, the warez web hosting solution is utilized for circulating copyrighted content without being given the green light by the license bearer. In short - it is related to the unauthorized distribution of files and docs. There are multiple methods for this to be fulfilled, but the 2 essential ways are - through plain HTTP downloading and via P2P connections. The first one involves either a particular web page, or, most commonly, just a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thus download licensed content free of charge. The second method entails a peer-to-peer connection, utilizing the so-called Torrent servers, via which users transfer files between each other. There are just a few web hosting companies that allow such type of web hosting on their web hosting servers, mainly because of all the judicial troubles that it presupposes. Generally such web sites are hosted on personal dedicated servers that are registered by 3rd party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Mail Hosting - this solution is utilized with both shared website hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the user's intention. If you would like to establish your very own personal SMTP email server, then you will require either a Virtual Private Server or a dedicated web hosting server that offers the level of access required to complete such an assignment. For typical mail hosting purposes, however, you can avail of a plain shared web hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain name. This is not a service that's widely used, because the web hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by 2 different servers, often owned by separate providers.
Web Hosting - the most popular and commonly used hosting service nowadays. It's used for hosting website files, whose sort is dependent on the Operating System the web server is running - Linux or Windows. Different types of files request specific web hosting server OSs, otherwise they won't be shown appropriately on the World Wide Web. This kind of web hosting may involve data storage space and web traffic limitations, root access and CPU usage restrictions.
Depending on the purpose and on the objectives, the user should choose the sort of hosting server that he demands for his project, and, of course, the website hosting corporation that's going to supply it. There are various kinds of servers, based on the specifications and the web hosting solutions that they provide. These are:
Shared Hosting Server - a shared hosting server provides a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the price of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small scale and middle size web sites, which do not require immense quotas of disk storage and bandwidth.
Semi-dedicated Hosting - they work on the very same principle as the shared website hosting servers. Yet, there are much less customers hosted on the same hosting server. That is why, each of them will have a bigger share of the hosting server's resources like RAM, web storage, web traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting popular web pages that do not demand complete root-level access.
VPS hosting are ideal for medium sized web pages, which do demand root access to the web server's configuration files. Normally, there are a number of VPS server hosting accounts sharing the same physical machine. However, each of them is independent from the rest and has its own OS.
Dedicated Hosting - a completely dedicated physical machine configured and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a gigantic quantity of resources. It also includes full server root privileges, which renders it a perfect platform for any sort of web site that requires a web hosting solution.
The sole question that's left is:
Which website hosting provider should I choose?
As already mentioned, there aren't many hosting providers offering warez hosting services due to judicial complications. Such hosting providers are being closed down virtually every month. That is why, if you wish to start such a service, you should do it on your very own PC. The shared website hosting service is the most widely spread type of web hosting service. So, each and every website hosting supplier offers it. Not all of them, though, provide solutions such as virtual hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Hosting and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the small scale web hosting vendors do not have the means demanded for maintaining those services. You can quickly ID such web hosting companies by the types of services that they are offering and by the manner in which they present them to the customers. For instance, certain companies allow you to commence with a low-end website hosting package and subsequently upgrade to a more powerful one, if you consider it mandatory to do so. This is extremely suitable, since you do not have to transmit web portals between servers and there is no chance of facing service interruptions because of all the problems that may occur.
We, at Zoutsos Web Hosting and DNS offer all types of solutions and have the adequate hosting server resources and personnel to ensure that their clients will not experience any problems when swapping services, which is what a top hosting distributor is actually all about.