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What is Web Hosting?
As its name indicates, web hosting is a solution, which involves hosting online content. There are different forms and types of web hosting, depending on the mission and on the objectives. Even so, they all entail hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the Web. A web host is in fact a web server that is linked to the World Wide Web and has its own personal Internet Protocol address, which enables people to have access to it through the Internet. The server's configuration and its limitations depend on the form of hosting solution it will be used for.
What are the different types of web hosting?
Based on the application, the professional web hosting service may be:
File Storage Web Hosting - this form of hosting enables the clients to store their files on a specific web hosting server. With the ordinary file hosting service, the files that are kept may only be accessed by the individual that's availing of the service. This hosting service mainly includes backups of computers , documents, personal files and even other servers. This solution may also impose certain restrictions in relation to the disk storage space and the root-level access. There may also be traffic quota limitations, but that depends on the given service provider.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is quite similar to the previous hosting service type. However, in contrast with the file storage web hosting solution, the warez hosting solution is used for distributing licensed content without the blessing of the license holder. To put it briefly - it involves the illicit circulation of files and materials. There are lots of ways for this to be achieved, but the two essential ways are - via simple HTTP downloading and through P2P connections. The first approach entails either a certain site, or, most commonly, just a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download proprietary materials free of cost. The second method involves a P2P connection, utilizing the so-called Torrent servers, via which people transfer files between each other. There are very few web hosting providers that allow such type of web hosting on their web hosting servers, chiefly owing to all the legal troubles that it involves. Usually such web portals are hosted on private dedicated hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party enterprises either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Mail Hosting - this solution is utilized with both shared hosting and dedicated servers, based on the user's desire. If you desire to build your own personal SMTP mail server, then you will require either a VPS hosting server or a dedicated hosting server that offers the level of access needed to accomplish such an assignment. For typical e-mail web hosting purposes, however, you can open a simple shared web hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain name. This is not a service that's very used, since the website hosting and the email hosting services are being served by 2 separate web servers, often owned by different web hosts.
Web Hosting - the most widely spread and vastly utilized hosting service now. It's used for hosting web site files, whose sort is determined by the Operating System the web server is using - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files request specific web server Operating Systems, or else they won't be displayed correctly on the World Wide Web. This sort of hosting may involve data space and traffic quota limits, root access and central processing unit usage limitations.
Depending on the aims and on the objectives, the customer should select the sort of hosting server that he requires for his project, and, of course, the website hosting firm that's going to provide it. There are different types of hosting servers, based on the specifications and the website hosting solutions that they offer. These are:
Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server includes a smaller amount of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the price of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small and medium scale online portals, which do not demand big amounts of web storage and bandwidth.
Semi-dedicated Hosting - they operate on the very same principle as the shared hosting servers. Even so, there are much less clients accommodated on the same server. That is why, each of them will have a larger share of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, web storage, web traffic and CPU. Perfect for hosting heavy web portals that do not need full server root access.
VPS hosting are excellent for medium scale web sites, which do require root-level access to the web hosting server's configuration files. Traditionally, there are a bunch of private virtual web server accounts situated on the same physical server. Nonetheless, each of them is isolated from the rest and runs its own Operating System.
Dedicated Hosting - a fully dedicated web hosting server configured and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees a colossal amount of system resources. It also provides root-level access, which makes it the optimal solution for any type of website that requires a web hosting service.
The sole question that's left is:
Which web hosting vendor should I opt for?
As stated above, there are very few hosts offering warez hosting services because of legal entanglements. Such hosting companies are being shut down practically every month. Because of that, if you wish to run such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared website hosting solution is the most widely spread kind of web hosting service. For that reason, each website hosting corporation offers it. Not all of them, however, provide solutions such as virtual private hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Hosting and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the smaller hosting vendors do not have the means needed for maintaining those services. You can easily ID such hosts by the kinds of services that they are offering and by the way that they present them to the customers. For example, some hosting companies permit you to start with a smaller website hosting account and afterwards shift to a more advanced one, if you consider it compulsory to do so. This is very convenient, because you do not have to migrate web pages between web hosting servers and there is no possibility of experiencing downtime because of all the problems that may take place.
We, at CyberVision Services offer all types of services and have the adequate web hosting server resources and staff to ensure that their clients will not encounter any problems when changing services, which is what a top hosting vendor is actually all about.