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Description of Web Hosting

As its name implies, web hosting is a solution, which entails hosting web content. There are various forms and types of web hosting, depending on the purpose and on the functions. Yet, they all are related to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the Web. A web host is actually a hosting server that is connected to the Web and has its own Internet Protocol address, which enables users to gain access to it via the World Wide Web. The server's configuration and its resources are dependent on the form of web hosting solution it's going to be used for.

What are the various forms of web hosting?

Depending on the purpose, the professional web hosting service may be:

File Storage Hosting - this type of hosting allows the customers to lodge their files on a given web server. With the traditional file web hosting solution, the files that are saved may only be accessed by the client that's utilizing the service. This hosting solution traditionally concerns backups of personal computers , docs, private files and even other hosting servers. This service may also involve certain limitations in terms of the data space and the root-level access. There may also be bandwidth restrictions, but that is dependent on the actual service provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting service is quite similar to the previous web hosting service form. Even so, in contrast with the file web hosting solution, the warez hosting service is used for distributing patented materials without being given the green light by the patent possessor. To put it briefly - it entails the unlawful circulation of files and docs. There are many approaches for this to be done, but the two chief methods are - through plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via P2P connections. The first method entails either a certain website, or, most typically, simply a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download patented files free of charge. The second approach involves a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent servers, through which users swap files between each other. There are a few web hosting vendors that permit that form of hosting on their hosting servers, mostly because of all the judicial entanglements that it entails. Typically such web sites are hosted on private dedicated hosting servers that are registered by 3rd party companies either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Mail Hosting - this solution is utilized with both shared web hosting and dedicated web hosting servers, depending on the client's desire. If you wish to launch your very own private SMTP e-mail server, then you will require either a VPS server or a dedicated server that provides the access level required to execute such a procedure. For routine mail web hosting purposes, however, you can use a standard shared hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain name. This is not a service that's widely popular, since the web hosting and the email hosting services are being served by two different web servers, usually belonging to different providers.

Web Hosting - the most famous and regularly used hosting service at the moment. It's used for hosting website files, whose type is dependent on the Operating System the web server is running - Linux or Windows. Different types of files require specific server Operating Systems, or else they won't be shown properly on the Web. This form of web hosting may have server storage and bandwidth limitations, server root access and CPU usage limitations.

Based on the goals and on the usage, the client should pick the sort of web server that he requires for his work, and, of course, the website hosting company that's going to provide it. There are various types of web hosting servers, depending on the specs and the web hosting solutions that they provide. These are:

Shared Web Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server provides a smaller quantity of system resources, which, of course, is reflected on the cost of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small scale and medium scale web pages, which do not need vast quotas of server space and web traffic.

Semi-dedicated Web Hosting - they operate on the same principle as the shared web hosting servers. However, there are much fewer users hosted on the same web server. Therefore, each of them will receive a bigger share of the hosting server's resources like RAM, data storage, traffic and CPU. Perfect for hosting enormous web sites that do not need server root access.

VPS web hosting are perfect for middle scale online portals, which do need root access to the web server's config files. Normally, there are a bunch of virtual server hosting accounts hosted on the same physical server. Nevertheless, each of them is insulated from the rest and runs its own Operating System.

Dedicated Web Hosting - a completely dedicated physical server set up and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees a tremendous quantity of system resources. It also includes complete root access, which makes it an ideal environment for any sort of site that demands a web hosting service.

The only question that's left is:

Which website hosting vendor should I choose?

As mentioned above, there are not many companies offering warez hosting solutions because of judicial complications. Such providers are being shut down practically every month. For that reason, if you wish to create such a service, you should do it on your very own PC. The shared web hosting solution is the most popular kind of hosting service. Therefore, each hosting distributor provides it. Not all of them, though, offer services such as virtual private web hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Web Hosting and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the small scale website hosting vendors do not have the means required for maintaining those solutions. You can effortlessly identify such hosting companies by the types of solutions that they are providing and by the manner in which they introduce them to the clientele. For example, certain providers permit you to commence with a low-end hosting plan and afterwards shift to a bigger one, if you find it mandatory to do so. This is quite suitable, because you do not need to migrate web pages between hosting servers and there is no chance of suffering downtime due to all the complications that may show up.

We, at DataGuild Cloud offer all sorts of solutions and have the necessary server resources and staff to assure that their clients will not come across any hassles when changing services, which is what a top hosting supplier is actually all about.