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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?
As its name indicates, shared hosting is a solution, which involves hosting web content. There are different varieties and types of hosting, based on the purpose and on the functions. Yet, they all pertain to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the World Wide Web. A web host is actually a web hosting service that is linked to the Web and has its very own IP address, which enables users to get access to it through the Web. The hosting server's architecture and its system resources are subject to the kind of web hosting service it will be used for.
What are the various types of web hosting?
Based on the objective, the professional web hosting service may be:
File Hosting - this form of hosting allows the clients to lodge their files on a particular web hosting server. With the standard file storage hosting solution, the files that are stashed may only be accessed by the person that's availing of the service. This hosting service generally involves backups of computers , documents, personal files and even other web servers. This service may also have certain limitations with regard to the web storage and the root privileges. There may also be traffic limitations, but that depends on the given host.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting solution is comparable with the previous web hosting service form. Even so, unlike the file web hosting service, the warez hosting solution is utilized for propagating patented content without the blessing of the license keeper. In short - it entails the criminal propagation of files and materials. There are numerous approaches for this to be carried out, but the two main ways are - through plain HTTP downloading and through peer-to-peer connections. The first method involves either a certain website, or, most commonly, simply a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download licensed content free of charge. The second method involves a P2P connection, using the so-called Torrent web servers, through which people exchange files between each other. There are not many website hosting corporations that permit such form of web hosting on their web hosting servers, chiefly due to all the legal problems that it presupposes. Generally such sites are hosted on private dedicated servers that are registered by 3rd party corporations either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Mail Web Hosting - this service is applicable with both shared web hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the client's intention. If you desire to create your very own private SMTP electronic mail server, then you will require either a private virtual web server or a dedicated server that provides the level of access required to carry out such a task. For routine e-mail hosting ends, though, you can utilize a standard shared web hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain name. This is not a service that's widely used, since the web hosting and the email hosting services are being served by 2 different web servers, often owned by separate hosting providers.
Shared Hosting - the most widely spread and extensively used hosting service now. It's utilized for hosting site files, whose type depends on the OS the server is running - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files request different server OSs, or else they won't be shown accurately on the Web. This sort of hosting may include storage space and bandwidth limits, root-level access and CPU usage restrictions.
Depending on the mission and on the objectives, the customer should pick the sort of server that he needs for his project, and, of course, the website hosting corporation that's going to provide it. There are various types of web servers, based on the configuration and the hosting solutions that they provide. These are:
Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server includes a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small scale and middle size online portals, which do not demand large quotas of data space and web traffic.
Semi-dedicated Servers - they function on the same principle as the shared web servers. In spite of that, there are much fewer users hosted on the same server. Therefore, each of them will receive a larger quota of the web server's resources like RAM, data space, bandwidth and CPU. Excellent for hosting immense websites that do not need full server root privileges.
Virtual private servers are ideal for medium scale websites, which do need root access to the web hosting server's configuration files. Generally, there are several private virtual server web hosting accounts hosted on the same physical machine. Yet, each of them is independent from the others and has its own Operating System.
Dedicated Server - a completely dedicated machine set up and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees a large quantity of resources. It also offers full server root access, which renders it an ideal solution for any sort of web page that necessitates a web hosting service.
The only question that's left is:
Which website hosting vendor should I pick?
As already stated, there are very few hosting providers offering warez hosting solutions because of judicial entanglements. Such hosting companies are being closed down virtually every month. For that reason, if you desire to start such a service, you should do it on your own computer. The shared hosting solution is the most famous kind of web hosting service. Hence, every website hosting firm provides it. Not all of them, however, provide services such as VPS web servers, Semi-dedicated Servers and dedicated servers. Most of the small sized web hosting providers do not have the means needed for offering those services. You can easily ID such web hosts by the types of solutions that they are supplying and by the way that they present them to the clients. For example, certain web hosting companies allow you to kick off with a smaller website hosting account and afterwards move to a bigger one, if you find it obligatory to do so. This is very suitable, because you do not have to migrate sites between web servers and there is no chance of experiencing service disturbances because of all the problems that may show up.
We, at HostExcel offer all kinds of services and possess the adequate server resources and personnel to assure that their clients will not encounter any problems when changing services, which is what a top hosting supplier is actually all about.