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A definition of web page hosting

As its name indicates, web hosting is a service, which involves hosting web content. There are different forms and kinds of hosting, depending on the purpose and on the usage. Even so, they all are related to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the World Wide Web. A host is actually a hosting server that is connected 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 web hosting server's configuration and its limitations are dependent on the kind of web hosting service it will be utilized for.

What are the various forms of web hosting?

Based on the objective, the business hosting solution may be:

File Storage Hosting - this type of web hosting enables the customers to stash their files on a particular hosting server. With the conventional file storage hosting solution, the files that are hosted may only be accessed by the individual that's availing of the service. This hosting solution generally is related to backups of PCs , docs, personal files and even other hosting servers. This service may also have certain restrictions in relation to the data storage space and the root access. There may also be traffic quota limitations, but that is dependent on the given web hosting provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is quite similar to the previous web hosting service form. In spite of that, unlike the file hosting service, the warez web hosting service is used for distributing proprietary content without the blessing of the license holder. In short - it involves the unlawful circulation of files and docs. There are a lot of methods for this to be brought about, but the two main approaches are - through plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first way involves either a specific web portal, or, most often, simply a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download patented materials for free. The second method involves a P2P connection, availing of the so-called Torrent servers, via which users exchange files between each other. There are not many web hosting distributors that allow that form of hosting on their web servers, chiefly owing to all the legal entanglements that it presupposes. Usually such web sites are hosted on personal dedicated hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party companies either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Mail Hosting - this solution is applicable with both shared webspace hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the customer's intention. If you want to run your very own private SMTP e-mail server, then you will need either a virtual private web server or a dedicated web hosting server that provides the level of access required to execute such an assignment. For common mail hosting purposes, though, you can set up an ordinary shared website hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain name. This is not a service that's very popular, since the web hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by 2 separate servers, often belonging to separate web hosts.

Website Hosting - the most widely spread and universally used hosting service at present. It's used for hosting web site files, whose type is determined by the Operating System the hosting server is making use of - Linux or Windows. Different types of files request specific server OSs, or else they won't be shown accurately on the Web. This type of hosting may impose server storage space and traffic quota limits, server root access and central processing unit usage restrictions.

Depending on the mission and on the usage, the client should choose the type of hosting server that he needs for his work, and, of course, the web site hosting company that's going to supply it. There are various types of web servers, based on the configuration and the hosting services that they offer. These are:

Shared Website Hosting Server - a shared web site hosting server offers a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the price of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small scale and middle scale web portals, which do not require considerable quantities of storage space and web traffic.

Semi-Dedicated - they operate on the very same principle as the shared hosting servers. Still, there are much fewer customers accommodated on the same web server. For that reason, each of them will obtain a greater share of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, web storage, traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting huge web pages that do not demand root privileges.

Virtual Private Server - the VPS hosting servers are ideal for middle scale web portals, which do need root access to the web server's config files. Usually, there are several Virtual Private Server web hosting accounts hosted on the same physical server. Nonetheless, each of them is isolated from the others and has its own Operating System.

Dedicated Hosting - a fully dedicated web hosting server set up and accessed by you and only you. It ensures a colossal amount of system resources. It also offers full server root privileges, which makes it a perfect solution for any type of web page that requires a site hosting solution.

The only question that remains is:

Which website hosting vendor should I settle on?

As already mentioned, there are very few hosting companies offering warez hosting services due to legal predicaments. Such hosting companies are being closed down virtually every month. Because of that, if you desire to set up such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared web space hosting service is the most widely spread type of web hosting service. Therefore, every website hosting supplier offers it. Not all of them, though, provide solutions such as VPSs, semi-dedicated servers and dedicated servers. Most of the smaller web hosting providers do not have the resources needed for maintaining those services. That's why it's invariably best to choose a bigger company that can supply its clients with all the services that they are searching for. You can easily identify such hosting companies by the types of solutions that they are offering and by the way that they introduce them to the clients. For example, some hosts permit you to commence with a small sized site hosting package and afterwards move to a more advanced one, if you find it compulsory to do so. This is quite suitable, since you do not have to migrate websites between web servers and there is no risk of facing service outages due to all the problems that may arise. Web hosting companies like Rai Hosting are offering all sorts of services and have the necessary hosting server resources and personnel to ensure that their clients will not come across any complications when swapping services, which is what a top hosting corporation is actually all about.