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What Precisely is Shared Hosting?
As its name denotes, shared hosting is a solution, which entails hosting web content. There are various forms and kinds of hosting, depending on the mission and on the usage. Yet, they all refer to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible through the World Wide Web. A web host is actually a web hosting service that is connected to the World Wide Web and has its very own IP address, which allows users to have access to it via the Internet. The web server's configuration and its system resources depend on the type of web hosting solution it will be utilized for.
What are the different forms of web hosting?
Depending on the objective, the professional web hosting service may be:
File Web Hosting - this form of web hosting enables the customers to lodge their files on a certain web server. With the typical file hosting solution, the files that are hosted may only be accessed by the user that's availing of the service. This hosting solution typically involves backups of personal computers , docs, private files and even other servers. This solution may also involve certain restrictions in terms of the disk storage and the root privileges. There may also be traffic restrictions, but that is dependent on the actual provider.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting service is comparable with the previous web hosting service form. Still, in contrast with the file hosting solution, the warez hosting service is used for distributing patented materials without being given the go-ahead by the license possessor. In short - it is associated with the prohibited propagation of files and documents. There are lots of methods for this to be completed, but the 2 chief approaches are - through simple HTTP downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first approach entails either a given site, or, most typically, simply a directory on a server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thus download patented documents free of charge. The second method entails a P2P connection, making use of the so-called Torrent servers, through which people transmit files between each other. There are not many hosting vendors that permit such type of hosting on their servers, mostly because of all the legal entanglements that it entails. Generally such sites are hosted on private dedicated web servers that are registered by 3rd party companies either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Email Web Hosting - this service is used with both shared hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the customer's desire. If you want to establish your own personal SMTP server, then you will require either a virtual private web hosting server or a dedicated hosting server that provides the level of access required to accomplish such a procedure. For normal mail web hosting purposes, however, you can avail of a regular shared hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain name. This is not a service that's widely famous, since the website hosting and the mail hosting services are being served by 2 different servers, usually belonging to separate web hosting providers.
Shared Hosting - the most famous and extensively used hosting service now. It's used for hosting website files, whose type depends on the Operating System the hosting server is using - Linux or Windows. Different sorts of files demand specific hosting server OSs, or else they won't be shown correctly on the Internet. This kind of hosting may contain server space and bandwidth quota limitations, root access and CPU usage restrictions.
Based on the purpose and on the usage, the customer should select the type of server that he needs for his project, and, of course, the website hosting corporation that's going to furnish it. There are various types of web servers, depending on the configuration and the website hosting solutions that they provide. These are:
Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared web server provides a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the price of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small size and medium size web portals, which do not require immense quantities of data storage and web traffic.
Semi-dedicated Servers - they function on the same principle as the shared web hosting servers. Nevertheless, there are much fewer users hosted on the same web hosting server. Because of that, each of them will obtain a bigger quota of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, data storage, traffic and CPU. Perfect for hosting huge sites that do not require root access.
Virtual private servers are excellent for middle scale online portals, which do need root access to the web hosting server's configuration files. Typically, there are a number of Virtual Private Server hosting accounts sharing the same server. In spite of that, each of them is independent from the others and runs its own OS.
Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated web hosting server configured and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees a huge quantity of resources. It also includes root access, which renders it the optimal platform for any sort of web portal that requires a website hosting solution.
The sole question that remains is:
Which website hosting firm should I pick?
As already mentioned, there are not many web hosting companies providing warez web hosting services due to legal entanglements. Such companies are being shut down practically every month. For that reason, if you want to establish such a service, you should do it on your very own PC. The shared web hosting solution is the most widespread kind of hosting service. Because of that, each hosting provider offers it. Not all of them, though, provide services such as virtual hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the smaller website hosting suppliers do not have the resources needed for maintaining those solutions. You can easily recognize such companies by the types of services that they are providing and by the way that they present them to the clients. For instance, some web hosting companies allow you to begin with a small sized website hosting plan and then move to a more powerful one, if you consider it mandatory to do so. This is quite convenient, since you do not need to transmit web portals between web servers and there is no chance of suffering network outages because of all the predicaments that may show up.
We, at Step2Ray's Website Hosting offer all kinds of services and possess the adequate web hosting server resources and staff to ensure that their customers will not suffer any complications when changing services, which is what a top hosting company is actually all about.