What Does Shared Hosting Stand for?
As its name denotes, shared hosting is a service, which involves hosting web content. There are different varieties and kinds of hosting, depending on the goals and on the functions. Even so, they all entail hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the Internet. A host is in fact a web hosting service that is connected to the Web and has its own Internet Protocol address, which allows people to have access to it through the Web. The server's configuration and its resources are subject to the form of hosting solution it will be utilized for.
What are the various types of web hosting?
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Based on the mission, the web hosting service may be:
File Hosting - this type of hosting enables the clients to keep their files on a specific web hosting server. With the ordinary file storage hosting solution, the files that are hosted may only be accessed by the customer that's using the service. This web hosting solution traditionally includes backups of PCs , documents, private files and even other hosting servers. This service may also involve given limits when it comes to the disk storage space and the root access. There may also be traffic limitations, but that is dependent on the actual web hosting service provider.
Warez Hosting - the so-called warez hosting service is quite similar to the previous web hosting service type. Yet, in contrast with the file hosting service, the warez hosting service is used for circulating proprietary work without being green-lighted by the licence keeper. To put it briefly - it appertains to the unauthorized distribution of files and documents. There are a lot of approaches for this to be realized, but the two main ways are - via simple Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and through P2P connections. The first method entails either a specific web page, or, most typically, just a directory on a web server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thus download licensed materials free of charge. The second way entails a P2P connection, using the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users transfer files between each other. There are very few web hosting corporations that permit that form of web hosting on their web servers, chiefly due to all the legal troubles that it presupposes. Generally such web portals are hosted on personal dedicated hosting servers that are registered by third-party enterprises either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Mail Web Hosting - this service is applicable with both shared website hosting and dedicated hosting servers, depending on the client's desire. If you would like to create your own private SMTP email server, then you will need either a virtual web server or a dedicated server that offers the access level needed to accomplish such a task. For typical e-mail web hosting purposes, though, you can avail of a simple shared website hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain name. This is not a service that's widely famous, because the web hosting and the e-mail hosting services are being served by two separate servers, usually owned by separate providers.
Shared Hosting - the most widespread and vastly used hosting service nowadays. It's used for hosting site files, whose type is determined by the Operating System the web hosting server is using - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files need different server OSs, otherwise they won't be shown correctly on the Internet. This form of web hosting may involve data storage and traffic restrictions, root-level access and CPU usage limitations.
Depending on the mission and on the usage, the customer should select the kind of web hosting server that he needs for his project, and, of course, the web hosting company that's going to provide it. There are different kinds of hosting servers, depending on the specifications and the web hosting solutions that they offer. These are:
Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared web hosting server offers a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small and medium size online portals, which do not demand huge amounts of disk storage space and traffic.
Semi-dedicated Servers - they perform on the same principle as the shared web hosting servers. Even so, there are much less customers sharing the same web hosting server. Therefore, each of them will obtain a bigger share of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, server space, bandwidth and CPU. Excellent for hosting heavy sites that do not require complete root access.
Virtual private servers are ideal for middle sized sites, which do require root access to the hosting server's configuration files. Traditionally, there are a number of VPS server hosting accounts accommodated on the same server. Yet, each of them is isolated from the other ones and runs its own Operating System.
Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated web hosting server configured and accessed by you and only you. It ensures a mammoth quantity of system resources. It also provides server root access, which makes it the optimal environment for any type of web page that necessitates a website hosting solution.
The sole question that's left is:
Which web hosting supplier should I choose?
As mentioned, there aren't many hosts providing warez hosting services due to judicial entanglements. Such companies are being shut down virtually every month. Therefore, if you desire to provide such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared hosting solution is the most famous type of web hosting service. For that reason, each website hosting company offers it. Not all of them, however, offer services such as virtual private web hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Servers and dedicated servers. Most of the smaller web hosting distributors do not have the means required for maintaining those services. You can effortlessly identify such hosting companies by the kinds of solutions that they are providing and by the manner in which they introduce them to the customers. For instance, some companies permit you to commence with a small sized website hosting account and then move to a more powerful one, if you deem it mandatory to do so. This is quite convenient, since you do not need to relocate web sites between web servers and there is no possibility of experiencing service outages due to all the problems that may appear.
We, at Hostomedia provide all types of solutions and possess the adequate hosting server resources and personnel to assure that their clients will not chance upon any predicaments when swapping services, which is what a top hosting vendor is in fact all about.