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A definition of web page hosting

As its name indicates, web hosting is a solution, which entails hosting web content. There are various varieties and types of web hosting, depending on the goals and on the usage. In spite of that, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the Web. A host is in fact a web hosting service that is linked to the Internet and has its own personal Internet Protocol address, which enables users to gain access to it through the Internet. The web server's configuration and its limitations are subject to the type of hosting service it's going to be used for.

What are the various types of hosting?

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

File Storage Web Hosting - this type of hosting enables the users to stash their files on a given web hosting server. With the common file hosting solution, the files that are saved may only be accessed by the person that's utilizing the service. This hosting solution generally applies to backups of PCs , documents, private files and even other web servers. This service may also impose certain limitations in relation to the server space and the root access. There may also be web traffic restrictions, but that is dependent on the given host.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting solution is comparable with the previous hosting service form. Still, unlike the file hosting solution, the warez web hosting solution is used for transmitting licensed work without being okayed by the license owner. To cut a long story short - it refers to the illicit distribution of files and docs. There are lots of methods for this to be carried out, but the 2 chief ways are - through simple HTTP downloading and through peer-to-peer connections. The first method involves either a given web site, or, most typically, just a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download copyrighted materials free of cost. The second approach entails a peer-to-peer connection, using the so-called Torrent web servers, via which people transmit files between each other. There are a few web hosting companies that permit that type of hosting on their web servers, mostly due to all the legal troubles that it entails. Typically such web portals are hosted on private dedicated web hosting servers that are registered by third-party corporations either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Electronic Mail Web Hosting - this solution is used with both shared webspace hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the user's desire. If you wish to build your own private SMTP server, then you will require either a VPS hosting server or a dedicated hosting server that offers the level of access required to perform such a procedure. For routine mail hosting ends, however, you can avail of a regular shared web site hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a solution that's very popular, because the web hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by two different servers, often owned by separate hosts.

Web Page Hosting - the most widely spread and extensively used hosting service these days. It's used for hosting site files, whose type is dependent on the Operating System the server is using - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files demand concrete server OSs, otherwise they won't be exhibited properly on the Web. This sort of web hosting may include server space and bandwidth limits, root-level access and central processing unit usage restrictions.

Depending on the purpose and on the usage, the customer should choose the kind of hosting server that he requires for his project, and, of course, the hosting provider that's going to provide it. There are several sorts of servers, based on the specifications and the web space hosting services that they offer. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server supplies a smaller amount of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small and medium sized online portals, which do not need vast quotas of data storage and bandwidth.

Semi-Dedicated Hosting - they function on the same principle as the shared web page hosting servers. Nevertheless, there are much less clients hosted on the same server. Hence, each of them will obtain a greater quota of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, web storage space, web traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting big websites that do not need root access.

Virtual Private Server - the VPS hosting servers are excellent for medium web portals, which do need root-level access to the web server's config files. Usually, there are a few VPS server hosting accounts placed on the same physical machine. Nonetheless, each of them is insulated from the other ones and runs its own Operating System.

Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated machine configured and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a great quantity of system resources. It also includes root-level access, which renders it the optimal environment for any type of web page that needs a website hosting service.

The only question that remains is:

Which web space hosting provider should I choose?

As mentioned, there are just a few providers providing warez web hosting solutions due to legal problems. Such hosting providers are being shut down practically every month. Because of that, if you desire to offer such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared webspace hosting service is the most widespread type of web hosting service. For that reason, each website hosting corporation provides it. Not all of them, though, offer solutions such as VPSs, semi-dedicated web servers and dedicated servers. Most of the small scale webspace hosting corporations do not have the resources demanded for offering those solutions. Because of that it's invariably best to choose a bigger web host that can supply its customers with all the services that they are looking for. You can quickly recognize such web hosting companies by the sorts of services that they are making available and by the manner in which they present them to the customers. For example, some hosts permit you to commence with a low-end site hosting package and then upgrade to a bigger one, if you deem it mandatory to do so. This is very suitable, since you do not need to relocate web pages between servers and there is no risk of experiencing service downtime because of all the complications that may crop up. Hosting companies such as AIDA Host offer all sorts of solutions and possess the needed server resources and staff to assure that their customers will not face any predicaments when swapping services, which is what a top hosting distributor is in fact all about.