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What is Web Hosting?
As its name indicates, web hosting is a service, which entails hosting online content. There are different varieties and kinds of hosting, based on the purpose and on the functions. Even so, they all are associated with hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the Internet. A host is in fact a web server that is linked to the Web and has its very own IP address, which enables people to gain access to it through the Internet. The web server's configuration and its resources are subject to the type of web hosting solution it's going to be utilized for.
What are the various forms of web hosting?
Depending on the usage, the professional web hosting solution may be:
File Storage Web Hosting - this form of web hosting permits the customers to accommodate their files on a certain web server. With the routine file hosting service, the files that are kept may only be accessed by the client that's utilizing the service. This web hosting solution generally applies to backups of PCs , docs, private files and even other web hosting servers. This solution may also involve certain limitations with regard to the server storage space and the root access. There may also be traffic limits, but that depends on the particular hosting provider.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is very similar to the previous web hosting service type. Still, unlike the file storage web hosting solution, the warez hosting solution is utilized for distributing licensed content without the authorization of the copyright possessor. To cut a long story short - it is connected with the forbidden transmission of files and documents. There are numerous approaches for this to be performed, but the 2 principal ways are - through simple HTTP downloading and through P2P connections. The first way entails either some site, or, most commonly, simply a directory on a hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download copyrighted documents free of cost. The second method involves a peer-to-peer connection, making use of the so-called Torrent servers, through which users exchange files between each other. There are just a few web hosting vendors that allow that type of web hosting on their servers, chiefly due to all the legal entanglements that it entails. Usually such sites are hosted on private dedicated web hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party enterprises either in the Middle East or in Asia.
E-mail Web Hosting - this solution is utilized with both shared hosting and dedicated servers, depending on the user's desire. If you would like to run your own personal SMTP email server, then you will require either a private virtual web server or a dedicated web hosting server that offers the level of access needed to complete such an assignment. For normal electronic mail hosting ends, though, you can create a simple shared hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain name. This is not a solution that's widely popular, since the website hosting and the mail hosting services are being served by two different servers, often owned by different providers.
Web Hosting - the most popular and commonly utilized hosting service today. It's used for hosting website files, whose kind is determined by the Operating System the web hosting server is using - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files necessitate concrete web hosting server OSs, or else they won't be displayed accurately on the World Wide Web. This kind of web hosting may include disk storage space and traffic restrictions, server root access and CPU usage limits.
Based on the goals and on the usage, the client should pick the sort of web server that he demands for his work, and, of course, the web hosting firm that's going to furnish it. There are several sorts of web hosting servers, based on the specs and the website hosting solutions that they provide. These are:
Shared Website Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server provides a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the cost of the service. It can be used for hosting small scale and middle scale web sites, which do not require big quotas of disk storage space and bandwidth.
Semi-dedicated Hosting - they are based on the same principle as the shared website hosting servers. Nevertheless, there are much less users hosted on the same web hosting server. For that reason, each of them will obtain a larger quota of the server's resources like RAM, server space, web traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting big web sites that do not require full root-level access.
VPS hosting are ideal for medium size web portals, which do demand root access to the web server's config files. Traditionally, there are a bunch of VPS web hosting accounts situated on the same physical server. Nevertheless, each of them is independent from the others and has its own Operating System.
Dedicated Hosting - a completely dedicated machine set up and accessed by you and only you. It ensures a huge quantity of resources. It also includes complete server root access, which renders it a perfect environment for any type of online portal that demands a web hosting solution.
The only question that remains is:
Which website hosting distributor should I select?
As already mentioned, there aren't many hosting companies providing warez hosting services because of legal complications. Such hosting providers are being shut down virtually every month. For that reason, if you would like to set up such a service, you should do it on your very own PC. The shared web hosting service is the most widespread kind of hosting service. For that reason, each website hosting provider provides it. Not all of them, however, provide solutions such as virtual private hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Hosting and dedicated web servers. Most of the small sized hosting firms do not have the means required for maintaining those solutions. You can easily recognize such companies by the sorts of services that they are providing and by the way that they introduce them to the clients. For example, some companies allow you to start with a smaller website hosting package and subsequently shift to a more advanced one, if you deem it compulsory to do so. This is very convenient, because you do not have to transfer sites between servers and there is no danger of suffering network outages due to all the complications that may appear.
We, at YTS Host offer all sorts of services and possess the adequate web server resources and staff to ensure that their customers will not stumble upon any predicaments when changing services, which is what a top hosting vendor is in fact all about.