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What is Web Hosting?
As its name indicates, web hosting is a solution, which involves hosting web content. There are various varieties and types of hosting, based on the mission and on the objectives. However, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the Internet. A web host is actually a hosting server that is linked to the Internet and has its own Internet Protocol address, which enables people to gain access to it through the World Wide Web. The web hosting server's configuration and its resources depend on the type of hosting service it will be utilized for.
What are the different types of web hosting?
Depending on the mission, the hosting solution may be:
File Web Hosting - this form of hosting enables the customers to host their files on a certain server. With the traditional file hosting solution, the files that are kept may only be accessed by the customer that's using the service. This hosting service traditionally pertains to backups of PCs , documents, private files and even other servers. This solution may also have certain limits in relation to the server space and the root-level access. There may also be traffic quota limitations, but that is dependent on the given service provider.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting service is resembling the previous web hosting service form. Even so, in contrast with the file storage hosting solution, the warez web hosting solution is used for circulating proprietary materials without being okayed by the copyright owner. In short - it is connected with the illegal distribution of files and documents. There are many approaches for this to be performed, but the two main approaches are - via plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first approach entails either a certain website, or, most often, simply a directory on a web server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thus download patented content free of cost. The second approach entails a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent servers, via which people share files between each other. There are very few web hosting distributors that allow such form of web hosting on their web servers, mainly owing to all the legal complications that it entails. Generally such web sites are hosted on private dedicated web servers that are registered by 3rd party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Mail Web Hosting - this service is used with both shared hosting and dedicated hosting servers, based on the client's desire. If you desire to set up your own personal SMTP mail server, then you will need either a VPS web server or a dedicated web server that offers the access level required to carry out such an operation. For conventional email web hosting purposes, however, you can open an average shared web hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a solution that's widely used, because the web hosting and the e-mail hosting services are being served by two separate web servers, often owned by separate web hosts.
Web Hosting - the most widely spread and widely used hosting service today. It's used for hosting website files, whose sort depends on the OS the web server is running - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files necessitate different web hosting server OSs, or else they won't be displayed appropriately on the Web. This form of hosting may include data storage space and traffic quota limits, root-level access and CPU usage restrictions.
Depending on the goals and on the objectives, the customer should choose the type of hosting server that he needs for his project, and, of course, the web hosting distributor that's going to provide it. There are various types of web hosting servers, based on the specifications and the website hosting solutions that they offer. These are:
Shared Hosting Server - a shared web hosting server provides a smaller amount of system resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small sized and medium sized sites, which do not require immense quantities of server storage and web traffic.
Semi-dedicated Hosting - they work on the same principle as the shared web hosting servers. Even so, there are much fewer clients sharing the same web server. Because of that, each of them will obtain a larger share of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, disk storage, bandwidth and CPU. Excellent for hosting enormous web sites that do not need complete root access.
VPS hosting are ideal for medium sized sites, which do demand root-level access to the server's configuration files. Traditionally, there are a few private virtual server web hosting accounts located on the same server. However, each of them is autonomous from the rest and has its own Operating System.
Dedicated Hosting - a completely dedicated physical machine set up and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees a large amount of resources. It also includes full root privileges, which makes it a perfect solution for any sort of online portal that needs a web hosting service.
The only question that's left is:
Which hosting corporation should I settle on?
As mentioned, there aren't many hosting providers offering warez web hosting services due to judicial troubles. Such companies are being shut down virtually every month. For that reason, if you would like to offer such a service, you should do it on your very own PC. The shared web hosting service is the most famous kind of hosting service. Hence, each and every website hosting company offers it. Not all of them, though, provide solutions such as virtual web servers, Semi-dedicated Hosting and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the small sized web hosting distributors do not have the resources needed for offering those solutions. You can easily recognize such web hosts by the types of solutions that they are supplying and by the way that they introduce them to the customers. For example, certain hosting companies permit you to start with a low-end web hosting account and subsequently move to a more advanced one, if you deem it compulsory to do so. This is quite suitable, since you do not have to transfer web pages between hosting servers and there is no possibility of suffering outages due to all the problems that may occur.
We, at JB1 Hosting offer all kinds of services and possess the necessary server resources and staff to assure that their clients will not run into any hassles when swapping services, which is what a top hosting firm is actually all about.