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What Does Web Hosting Stand for?
As its name suggests, web hosting is a solution, which entails hosting online content. There are various forms and kinds of hosting, depending on the mission and on the functions. Nevertheless, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available throughout the Web. A host is actually a server that is linked to the Internet and has its own IP address, which allows people to get access to it through the World Wide Web. The web server's architecture and its limitations depend on the kind of web hosting service it's going to be used for.
What are the different forms of web hosting?
Depending on the usage, the business hosting solution may be:
File Storage Web Hosting - this type of web hosting allows the clients to host their files on a specific server. With the normal file storage web hosting service, the files that are saved may only be accessed by the customer that's availing of the service. This hosting service normally involves backups of computers , docs, personal files and even other hosting servers. This solution may also involve certain restrictions in terms of the server storage space and the root privileges. There may also be web traffic restrictions, but that depends on the particular web hosting provider.
Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is resembling the previous hosting service type. Nonetheless, in contrast with the file storage web hosting solution, the warez hosting solution is utilized for distributing licensed materials without the sanction of the license possessor. In brief - it entails the prohibited propagation of files and materials. There are a lot of ways for this to be executed, but the two principal methods are - via simple HTTP downloading and via P2P connections. The first approach entails either a particular website, or, most typically, simply a directory on a server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thus download licensed materials free of charge. The second way entails a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users transfer files between each other. There aren't many website hosting vendors that permit such type of hosting on their servers, mainly due to all the legal predicaments that it presupposes. Commonly such web sites are hosted on private dedicated web hosting servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Mail Web Hosting - this solution is applicable with both shared website hosting and dedicated hosting servers, based on the user's wish. If you would like to build your very own private SMTP server, then you will require either a private virtual hosting server or a dedicated server that offers the access level needed to execute such a task. For conventional e-mail web hosting ends, however, you can open a simple shared website hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a service that's widely used, because the website hosting and the email hosting services are being served by two different servers, often belonging to different companies.
Web Hosting - the most widely spread and largely used hosting service as of now. It's utilized for hosting site files, whose kind is determined by the OS the server is making use of - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files need concrete web server OSs, otherwise they won't be displayed correctly on the World Wide Web. This form of web hosting may include web space and traffic limitations, root access and CPU usage limits.
Based on the purpose and on the usage, the client should pick the type of web server that he demands for his work, and, of course, the hosting vendor that's going to supply it. There are several types of web servers, depending on the specs and the web hosting services that they offer. These are:
Shared Website Hosting Server - a shared web hosting server includes a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small and middle sized web portals, which do not require vast quotas of disk space and traffic.
Semi-dedicated Hosting - they operate on the very same principle as the shared web hosting servers. Nonetheless, there are much fewer clients accommodated on the same hosting server. Because of that, each of them will get a larger share of the server's resources like RAM, data space, web traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting popular web pages that do not require full root privileges.
VPS hosting are excellent for medium online portals, which do need root access to the web server's configuration files. Commonly, there are a handful of Virtual Private Server web hosting accounts sharing the same physical machine. Still, each of them is autonomous from the others and has its own OS.
Dedicated Hosting - a fully dedicated hosting server configured and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a great amount of resources. It also provides server root access, which makes it the optimal solution for any type of web site that demands a hosting service.
The sole question that remains is:
Which web hosting corporation should I choose?
As already mentioned, there are not many providers offering warez web hosting solutions due to legal complications. Such web hosts are being closed down virtually every month. Therefore, if you want to run such a service, you should do it on your very own computer. The shared website hosting service is the most famous kind of hosting service. For that reason, every web hosting provider offers it. Not all of them, however, offer solutions such as virtual private web servers, Semi-dedicated Hosting and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the small sized web hosting companies do not have the means required for offering those services. You can easily ID such web hosting companies by the kinds of services that they are supplying and by the way that they introduce them to the clients. For example, certain web hosting companies allow you to start with a low-end web hosting account and subsequently shift to a bigger one, if you consider it compulsory to do so. This is very suitable, because you do not have to migrate websites between servers and there is no danger of experiencing service disturbances due to all the predicaments that may take place.
We, at The Gulf Web Hosting Group Ltd. provide all types of solutions and possess the adequate server resources and personnel to ensure that their clients will not face any hassles when changing services, which is what a top hosting provider is in fact all about.