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An explanation of website hosting

As its name implies, web hosting is a service, which entails hosting web content. There are different forms and kinds of hosting, depending on the mission and on the usage. Nonetheless, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the Web. A web host is actually a web server that is linked to the Internet and has its own IP address, which enables users to access it through the World Wide Web. The server's architecture and its resources depend on the sort of hosting service it will be used for.

What are the different types of web hosting?

Depending on the application, the business website hosting service may be:

File Storage Web Hosting - this form of web hosting allows the clients to host their files on a given web server. With the standard file web hosting service, the files that are accommodated may only be accessed by the customer that's utilizing the service. This web hosting service usually pertains to backups of personal computers , documents, personal files and even other servers. This solution may also involve given limits when it comes to the server space and the root privileges. There may also be web traffic restrictions, but that depends on the given hosting service provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is comparable with the previous web hosting service type. Still, in contrast with the file storage web hosting service, the warez hosting service is used for disseminating copyrighted work without the blessing of the patent keeper. To put it briefly - it pertains to the illegitimate transmission of files and materials. There are a lot of methods for this to be completed, but the two principal approaches are - via plain HTTP downloading and via P2P connections. The first way involves either a certain web portal, or, most commonly, simply a directory on a web server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download copyrighted content free of cost. The second way entails a P2P connection, utilizing the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users swap files between each other. There are just a few web site hosting corporations that permit such type of hosting on their servers, chiefly due to all the legal complications that it entails. Usually such websites are hosted on personal dedicated servers that are registered by third-party corporations either in the Middle East or in Asia.

E-mail Hosting - this solution is applicable with both shared website hosting and dedicated web hosting servers, based on the user's wish. If you wish to run your very own private SMTP email server, then you will need either a VPS web server or a dedicated server that offers the access level required to carry out such a procedure. For standard mail web hosting purposes, however, you can use a normal shared web site hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a solution that's very used, since the web site hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by two separate web servers, often owned by separate providers.

Web Site Hosting - the most widely spread and broadly used hosting service at the moment. It's utilized for hosting website files, whose type is determined by the Operating System the hosting server is running - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files need specific hosting server OSs, otherwise they won't be displayed accurately on the World Wide Web. This form of hosting may have data space and traffic limitations, server root access and central processing unit usage restrictions.

Depending on the goals and on the functions, the customer should choose the sort of hosting server that he needs for his work, and, of course, the webspace hosting vendor that's going to furnish it. There are several sorts of web servers, based on the specs and the web hosting solutions that they offer. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared web hosting server provides a smaller amount of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small scale and middle sized web pages, which do not require huge quantities of storage space and traffic.

Semi-Dedicated - they perform on the same principle as the shared hosting servers. However, there are much fewer users sharing the same web hosting server. For that reason, each of them will receive a larger share of the server's resources like RAM, server storage, web traffic and CPU. Perfect for hosting huge web portals that do not need full root privileges.

Virtual Servers - the virtual web servers are excellent for medium scale sites, which do need root access to the web hosting server's config files. Usually, there are a bunch of private virtual server hosting accounts hosted on the same machine. Nevertheless, each of them is independent from the others and has its own OS.

Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated hosting server set up and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a huge quantity of resources. It also provides complete root access, which makes it an excellent environment for any sort of online portal that necessitates a web site hosting service.

The only question that's left is:

Which site hosting company should I settle on?

As already mentioned, there are very few hosting companies providing warez hosting solutions because of legal entanglements. Such companies are being closed down almost every month. Therefore, if you would like to establish such a service, you should do it on your very own personal computer. The shared website hosting service is the most famous kind of web hosting service. Therefore, each and every web space hosting firm offers it. Not all of them, though, offer solutions such as private virtual web hosting servers, semi-dedicated servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the small scale web site hosting firms do not have the resources required for offering those solutions. Because of that it's always best to opt for a larger company that can provide its clients with all the services that they seek. You can easily ID such web hosts by the types of solutions that they are providing and by the manner in which they introduce them to the clients. For example, some web hosting companies permit you to commence with a low-end hosting account and subsequently move to a more powerful one, if you find it necessary to do so. This is extremely convenient, since you do not have to move web pages between hosting servers and there is no chance of facing service outages because of all the predicaments that may arise. Companies such as NTC Hosting provide all sorts of services and have the adequate web hosting server resources and personnel to ensure that their clients will not experience any troubles when swapping services, which is what a top hosting provider is actually all about.