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A description of webspace hosting

As its name signifies, web hosting is a service, which involves hosting online content. There are different forms and kinds of hosting, based on the aims and on the usage. Nevertheless, they all are associated with hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the World Wide Web. A host is in fact a web server that is linked to the Web and has its very own IP address, which permits people to gain access to it via the World Wide Web. The server's configuration and its limitations are dependent on the sort of hosting solution it will be used for.

What are the various forms of web hosting?

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

File Hosting - this form of web hosting permits the customers to lodge their files on a certain hosting server. With the routine file web hosting service, the files that are accommodated may only be accessed by the individual that's using the service. This web hosting service normally appertains to backups of personal computers , documents, private files and even other web hosting servers. This service may also have certain limits in terms of the web storage and the root access. There may also be bandwidth quota limits, but that is dependent on the actual provider.

Warez Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is quite similar to the previous web hosting service form. However, in contrast with the file hosting solution, the warez web hosting service is used for circulating copyrighted materials without being okayed by the patent keeper. In short - it refers to the illicit dissemination of files and documents. There are many methods for this to be accomplished, but the two principal ways are - through plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first way entails either some site, or, most often, just a directory on a web server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download patented docs free of cost. The second method entails a P2P connection, using the so-called Torrent servers, via which users exchange files between each other. There are very few site hosting suppliers that allow that form of web hosting on their servers, mostly due to all the legal entanglements that it involves. Usually such web portals are hosted on personal dedicated web servers that are registered by 3rd party enterprises either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Mail Hosting - this solution is used with both shared web space hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the user's wish. If you want to run your own private SMTP server, then you will require either a VPS server or a dedicated web server that offers the level of access required to carry out such an operation. For traditional e-mail web hosting purposes, however, you can set up a regular shared web page hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a solution that's widely famous, since the website hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by 2 different servers, usually owned by separate web hosting providers.

Web Page Hosting - the most widespread and universally used hosting service nowadays. It's utilized for hosting web site files, whose type depends on the Operating System the web server is running - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files require concrete web hosting server OSs, or else they won't be shown correctly on the Internet. This type of hosting may involve disk storage space and bandwidth limits, server root access and central processing unit usage limits.

Based on the aims and on the objectives, the user should choose the type of web server that he needs for his work, and, of course, the hosting distributor that's going to supply it. There are several sorts of web servers, based on the specs and the hosting solutions that they offer. These are:

Shared Hosting Server - a shared web server offers a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small scale and middle sized web sites, which do not require considerable quantities of data storage space and web traffic.

Semi-Dedicated Servers Hosting - they are based on the same principle as the shared web hosting servers. In spite of that, there are much less customers hosted on the same server. Hence, each of them will have a bigger share of the web server's resources like RAM, server storage, web traffic and CPU. Excellent for hosting immense web portals that do not need root access.

VPS - the VPS web hosting servers are excellent for middle sized websites, which do demand root access to the web server's config files. Normally, there are a handful of VPS hosting server accounts accommodated on the same server. Still, each of them is insulated from the others and runs its own OS.

Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated web server set up and accessed by you and solely you. It guarantees a colossal quantity of resources. It also includes full root privileges, which renders it a perfect platform for any kind of online portal that demands a site hosting service.

The only question that remains is:

Which web site hosting distributor should I choose?

As stated above, there are just a few providers providing warez hosting services because of judicial entanglements. Such hosting companies are being shut down practically every month. Therefore, if you wish to create such a service, you should do it on your own PC. The shared hosting solution is the most popular type of web hosting service. Therefore, each and every webspace hosting supplier provides it. Not all of them, however, provide services such as virtual web hosting servers, semi-dedicated hosting servers and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the smaller web hosting vendors do not have the means needed for offering those solutions. Because of that it's always best to select a bigger company that can provide its clients with all the services that they require. You can easily recognize such hosting companies by the sorts of services that they are supplying and by the manner in which they present them to the customers. For instance, certain hosts allow you to begin with a low-end web space hosting account and afterwards move to a bigger one, if you find it mandatory to do so. This is extremely suitable, because you do not have to transmit web sites between hosting servers and there is no possibility of suffering service downtime because of all the problems that may occur. Providers such as Exaquad offer all sorts of services and have the required web server resources and staff to guarantee that their customers will not stumble upon any predicaments when swapping services, which is what a top hosting vendor is in fact all about.