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A definition of web hosting

As its name signifies, web hosting is a service, which entails hosting online content. There are various forms and types of web hosting, based on the goals and on the functions. Nevertheless, they all are related to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the Web. A host is in fact a hosting server that is connected to the World Wide Web and has its own personal Internet Protocol address, which allows people to gain access to it via the World Wide Web. The server's configuration and its system resources are dependent on the form of hosting solution it will be utilized for.

What are the various forms of web hosting?

Based on the mission, the web hosting service may be:

File Storage Web Hosting - this type of hosting permits the customers to deposit their files on a given web hosting server. With the ordinary file hosting solution, the files that are accommodated may only be accessed by the person that's utilizing the service. This hosting solution typically involves backups of PCs , docs, private files and even other hosting servers. This solution may also have given limits in terms of the server space and the root privileges. There may also be bandwidth restrictions, but that depends on the given hosting provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting solution is quite similar to the previous web hosting service type. In spite of that, unlike the file web hosting solution, the warez web hosting solution is used for transmitting proprietary content without being given the okay to do so by the license holder. To put it briefly - it appertains to the illegitimate propagation of files and materials. There are a lot of approaches for this to be accomplished, but the two principal ways are - via simple Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first approach involves either a given site, or, most commonly, simply a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download licensed content free of cost. The second approach entails a P2P connection, utilizing the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users transfer files between each other. There are a few web hosting companies that permit that type of web hosting on their web hosting servers, chiefly owing to all the judicial entanglements that it involves. Typically such sites are hosted on private dedicated servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

E-mail Hosting - this service is used with both shared website hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the user's intention. If you would like to establish your own personal SMTP server, then you will require either a VPS hosting server or a dedicated web server that offers the level of access needed to perform such a task. For common mail hosting purposes, though, you can use an average shared website hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain name. This is not a service that's very popular, since the web page hosting and the email hosting services are being served by two different web servers, often owned by separate companies.

Web Site Hosting - the most widespread and extensively used hosting service now. It's utilized for hosting web site files, whose sort is dependent on the OS the web hosting server is running - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files need different web server OSs, or else they won't be shown accurately on the Web. This type of web hosting may involve data space and traffic quota limits, root-level access and CPU usage restrictions.

Based on the aims and on the objectives, the user should pick the sort of server that he requires for his work, and, of course, the website hosting supplier that's going to provide it. There are several sorts of web hosting servers, depending on the specs and the web site hosting services that they offer. These are:

Shared Hosting Server - a shared site hosting server offers a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, is manifested in the price of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small size and middle size web portals, which do not need considerable quantities of disk space and traffic.

Semi-Dedicated - they perform on the very same principle as the shared web hosting servers. Yet, there are much less customers accommodated on the same web hosting server. That is why, each of them will receive a larger quota of the web server's resources like RAM, web space, traffic and CPU. Excellent for hosting heavy web portals that do not need root access.

VPS hosting - the virtual private web hosting servers are excellent for middle sized web portals, which do demand root-level access to the hosting server's configuration files. Traditionally, there are a bunch of VPS web hosting server accounts hosted on the same physical server. However, each of them is autonomous from the rest and has its own OS.

Dedicated Servers - a completely dedicated web server set up and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees a vast amount of system resources. It also offers full root privileges, which makes it the optimal solution for any type of online portal that needs a hosting solution.

The sole question that's left is:

Which web site hosting firm should I pick?

As mentioned above, there aren't many companies offering warez hosting services because of judicial troubles. Such web hosting providers are being closed down virtually every month. That is why, if you wish to offer such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared website hosting service is the most famous type of web hosting service. So, each web hosting firm offers it. Not all of them, however, provide solutions such as virtual private web hosting servers, semi-dedicated web servers and dedicated web servers. Most of the small sized hosting distributors do not have the means required for offering those services. That is the reason why it's invariably best to select a larger host that can provide its clients with all the solutions that they are looking for. You can quickly identify such hosts by the types of solutions that they are providing and by the manner in which they introduce them to the clientele. For instance, some hosting providers allow you to start with a smaller web space hosting plan and afterwards move to a bigger one, if you find it necessary to do so. This is very suitable, because you do not have to migrate web sites between web servers and there is no possibility of facing service downtime due to all the predicaments that may crop up. Hosting providers such as Macrocyber are offering all kinds of solutions and possess the needed server resources and personnel to guarantee that their clients will not suffer any problems when changing services, which is what a top hosting supplier is in fact all about.