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As its name implies, website hosting is a service, which involves hosting web content. There are different varieties and kinds of website hosting, based on the mission and on the functions. Yet, they all pertain to hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the Internet. A host is in fact a web server that is connected to the World Wide Web and has its own personal Internet Protocol address, which permits people to gain access to it via the Internet. The server's architecture and its resources depend on the kind of web hosting solution it's going to be utilized for.

What are the different types of hosting?

Based on the application, the hosting service may be:

File Storage Web Hosting - this type of hosting permits the customers to host their files on a particular web server. With the conventional file storage web hosting service, the files that are stored may only be accessed by the user that's using the service. This hosting service mainly is related to backups of computers , documents, personal files and even other hosting servers. This solution may also involve certain limitations in terms of the data storage and the root-level access. There may also be web traffic limitations, but that depends on the particular service provider.

Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting service is very similar to the previous web hosting service type. In spite of that, in contrast with the file storage web hosting solution, the warez web hosting solution is used for transmitting proprietary content without the permission of the patent keeper. To cut a long story short - it refers to the prohibited propagation of files and docs. There are numerous approaches for this to be fulfilled, but the 2 principal ways are - via plain Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via peer-to-peer connections. The first method entails either a certain web portal, or, most typically, just a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thus download proprietary files free of cost. The second approach entails a peer-to-peer connection, using the so-called Torrent web servers, through which users swap files between each other. There are very few web page hosting vendors that allow such type of web hosting on their web servers, chiefly due to all the legal entanglements that it involves. Usually such web pages are hosted on personal dedicated servers that are registered by third-party firms either in the Middle East or in Asia.

Email Hosting - this solution is utilized with both shared web page hosting and dedicated hosting, depending on the user's wish. If you wish to create your own personal SMTP mail server, then you will require either a virtual web server or a dedicated hosting server that offers the level of access needed to perform such a task. For normal electronic mail hosting ends, though, you can avail of a standard shared web site hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a service that's widely used, since the web hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by 2 separate web servers, often belonging to separate companies.

Website Hosting - the most popular and extensively used hosting service these days. It's used for hosting web site files, whose type depends on the Operating System the web server is utilizing - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files require concrete web hosting server Operating Systems, or else they won't be displayed correctly on the Internet. This form of web hosting may involve disk storage space and traffic quota limits, root-level access and central processing unit usage limits.

Depending on the aims and on the objectives, the customer should select the kind of web hosting server that he requires for his project, and, of course, the website hosting company that's going to provide it. There are several sorts of web hosting servers, depending on the specifications and the web space hosting services that they offer. These are:

Shared Hosting Servers - a shared web server offers a smaller amount of system resources, which, of course, reflects on the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small sized and medium sized web sites, which do not need enormous quantities of disk storage space and traffic.

Semi-dedicated Hosting - they function on the very same principle as the shared web servers. Even so, there are much less users accommodated on the same hosting server. Because of that, each of them will enjoy a larger share of the server's resources like RAM, disk space, bandwidth and CPU. Ideal for hosting bulky sites that do not require full server root access.

Virtual Private Servers - the virtual servers are ideal for middle size web sites, which do require root-level access to the web hosting server's configuration files. Traditionally, there are several virtual web server accounts situated on the same server. Still, each of them is independent from the rest and runs its own OS.

Dedicated Hosting - a completely dedicated web hosting server set up and accessed by you and solely you. It ensures a big amount of resources. It also includes complete root-level access, which renders it a perfect platform for any kind of web site that requires a web site hosting solution.

The only question that remains is:

Which hosting supplier should I opt for?

web hosting inxyhost As already stated, there are just a few hosting providers providing warez hosting services because of legal complications. Such hosts are being closed down practically every month. For that reason, if you want to provide such a service, you should do it on your own personal computer. The shared web hosting service is the most famous kind of web hosting service. For that reason, every webspace hosting provider provides it. Not all of them, though, provide services such as VPS web servers, semi-dedicated servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the small scale web hosting companies do not have the resources needed for offering those services. Hence it's always best to pick a larger host that can provide its customers with all the services that they are looking for. You can effortlessly recognize such hosting companies by the kinds of services that they are supplying and by the manner in which they introduce them to the clients. For instance, certain web hosting companies permit you to kick off with a small sized webspace hosting package and then upgrade to a bigger one, if you find it mandatory to do so. This is very convenient, because you do not have to move web pages between web hosting servers and there is no danger of suffering network outages because of all the predicaments that may show up. Web hosting providers such as 'NTCHosting' are offering all types of solutions and have the necessary web server resources and staff to assure that their customers will not stumble upon any troubles when changing services, which is what a top hosting corporation is actually all about.

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Hosting VPS Hosting Dedicated
Monthly Price $4.95
per month
per month
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Web Server Space Unlimited 11 GB (HDD) 2x250 GB SATA2 Hard Drives
Site Hosting Traffic Unlimited 300 GB 10000 GB
Max CPU Usage 5% 100% 100%
Random Access Memory N/A 1024 MB 4 GB DDR3
Hosted Site Names 1 Unlimited Unlimited
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Root Access Availability
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