Definition of Hosting
As its name signifies, hosting is a solution, which involves hosting online content. There are different varieties and kinds of web hosting, depending on the mission and on the functions. Still, they all involve hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available through the World Wide Web. A host is in fact a server that is connected to the Internet and has its own personal IP address, which enables people to gain access to it through the World Wide Web. The web hosting server's configuration and its system resources depend on the kind of web hosting solution it will be used for.
What are the different forms of web hosting?
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Based on the objective, the business hosting service may be:
File Hosting - this form of hosting enables the customers to save their files on a given server. With the normal file hosting service, the files that are deposited may only be accessed by the user that's availing of the service. This web hosting solution generally is associated with backups of PCs , docs, personal files and even other hosting servers. This service may also impose certain restrictions with regard to the data storage space and the root privileges. There may also be traffic limitations, but that depends on the particular hosting service provider.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez hosting solution is quite similar to the previous hosting service type. Nevertheless, unlike the file web hosting service, the warez web hosting solution is used for spreading licensed materials without the approval of the patent keeper. In short - it is related to the illegitimate distribution of files and docs. There are many ways for this to be completed, but the two essential ways are - through simple HTTP downloading and via P2P connections. The first approach involves either some web portal, or, most commonly, simply a directory on a web server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download licensed files free of cost. The second approach involves a peer-to-peer connection, availing of the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users transfer files between each other. There aren't many web hosting companies that permit that form of hosting on their web hosting servers, chiefly owing to all the legal problems that it entails. Commonly such sites are hosted on personal dedicated hosting servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Electronic Mail Web Hosting - this solution is used with both shared website hosting and dedicated hosting servers, depending on the client's wish. If you want to run your very own private SMTP electronic mail server, then you will need either a Virtual Private Server or a dedicated web server that offers the access level required to accomplish such a procedure. For regular electronic mail web hosting purposes, though, you can open a simple shared website hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a solution that's widely popular, since the web hosting and the email hosting services are being served by two different servers, often owned by separate companies.
Hosting - the most popular and broadly used hosting service now. It's used for hosting website files, whose type is dependent on the OS the web server is using - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files request different hosting server OSs, otherwise they won't be shown appropriately on the Internet. This form of web hosting may include server space and bandwidth quota limitations, server root access and CPU usage restrictions.
Depending on the goals and on the functions, the client should choose the kind of hosting server that he needs for his work, and, of course, the website hosting firm that's going to furnish it. There are different sorts of servers, depending on the specs and the website hosting services that they provide. These are:
Shared Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server supplies a smaller quantity of resources, which, of course, is manifested in the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small scale and medium scale sites, which do not require vast quantities of data space and web traffic.
Semi-dedicated Servers - they are based on the same principle as the shared website hosting servers. Still, there are much less customers accommodated on the same hosting server. For that reason, each of them will get a bigger quota of the server's resources like RAM, disk storage, web traffic and CPU. Excellent for hosting enormous web portals that do not require root-level access.
VPS are ideal for medium scale web pages, which do require root-level access to the hosting server's config files. Generally, there are a bunch of VPS web server hosting accounts placed on the same physical machine. In spite of that, each of them is autonomous from the rest and runs its own OS.
Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated machine configured and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees an immense quantity of system resources. It also offers full root privileges, which makes it a perfect platform for any kind of site that demands a web hosting solution.
The sole question that's left is:
Which web hosting provider should I choose?
As stated above, there are very few hosting companies providing warez hosting services because of legal complications. Such web hosting companies are being closed down virtually every month. Because of that, if you would like to set up such a service, you should do it on your very own personal computer. The shared web hosting service is the most famous kind of web hosting service. That is why, every web hosting vendor offers it. Not all of them, though, offer services such as VPS hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Servers and dedicated servers. Most of the small sized web hosting suppliers do not have the means demanded for offering those solutions. You can easily ID such hosts by the sorts of services that they are supplying and by the way that they present them to the clients. For example, some hosting companies allow you to start with a small sized web hosting package and afterwards upgrade to a more advanced one, if you find it obligatory to do so. This is very suitable, since you do not need to transmit websites between web servers and there is no danger of suffering network outages due to all the predicaments that may take place.
We, at BBP Hosting provide all types of services and have the required hosting server resources and personnel to guarantee that their customers will not chance upon any troubles when changing services, which is what a top hosting company is actually all about.