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As its name suggests, shared hosting is a service, which entails hosting web content. There are different varieties and kinds of web hosting, based on the purpose and on the usage. Even so, they all entail hosting files, which, once hosted, are made available throughout the Web. A host is in fact a web server that is linked to the World Wide Web and has its own IP address, which enables people to have access to it through the Internet. The web server's configuration and its resources are subject to the sort of web hosting solution it's going to be used for.
What are the various forms of hosting?
Depending on the purpose, the hosting service may be:
File Storage Web Hosting - this form of web hosting permits the customers to accommodate their files on a certain web server. With the normal file hosting service, the files that are stashed may only be accessed by the client that's using the service. This web hosting solution generally involves backups of computers , documents, private files and even other web hosting servers. This solution may also include given restrictions in relation to the data storage and the root privileges. There may also be traffic restrictions, but that depends on the given web hosting provider.
Warez Hosting - the so-called warez hosting solution is quite similar to the previous hosting service type. In spite of that, in contrast with the file storage hosting service, the warez web hosting solution is used for transmitting licensed work without the permission of the patent keeper. In short - it entails the prohibited circulation of files and docs. There are lots of methods for this to be performed, but the two main approaches are - via simple Hypertext Transfer Protocol downloading and via P2P connections. The first method entails either a specific website, or, most typically, just a directory on a web server that's been made available for everyone to access it and thereby download patented docs free of charge. The second way involves a peer-to-peer connection, using the so-called Torrent servers, through which people transmit files between each other. There are just a few hosting corporations that allow such form of web hosting on their servers, chiefly owing to all the judicial complications that it involves. Generally such web sites are hosted on private dedicated servers that are registered by third-party enterprises either in the Middle East or in Asia.
Email Web Hosting - this solution is relevant with both shared hosting and dedicated web hosting servers, based on the user's desire. If you want to build your very own personal SMTP electronic mail server, then you will need either a virtual private hosting server or a dedicated hosting server that provides the access level required to execute such an assignment. For normal electronic mail hosting purposes, however, you can utilize a regular shared web hosting account, to which you can point the MX records of your domain. This is not a service that's widely popular, since the website hosting and the email hosting services are being served by two separate servers, usually belonging to separate web hosting providers.
Shared Hosting - the most widespread and frequently used hosting service as of now. It's utilized for hosting web site files, whose kind is dependent on the Operating System the web server is availing of - Linux or Windows. Different types of files require specific server Operating Systems, otherwise they won't be shown properly on the Internet. This form of web hosting may have disk space and traffic restrictions, server root access and CPU usage restrictions.
Depending on the purpose and on the functions, the client should choose the type of web server that he needs for his project, and, of course, the web hosting company that's going to furnish it. There are various sorts of servers, depending on the configuration and the web hosting services that they offer. These are:
Shared Hosting Server - a shared web server provides a smaller amount of resources, which, of course, is reflected on the price of the service. It can be utilized for hosting small and medium size sites, which do not require considerable quotas of data storage space and traffic.
Semi-dedicated Servers - they are based on the same principle as the shared web hosting servers. In spite of that, there are much less customers hosted on the same web hosting server. Therefore, each of them will get a bigger quota of the web hosting server's resources like RAM, web storage, traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting huge web sites that do not demand complete server root access.
Virtual private servers are ideal for middle scale online portals, which do demand root access to the hosting server's config files. Traditionally, there are a bunch of VPS server accounts located on the same physical server. In spite of that, each of them is independent from the other ones and has its own Operating System.
Dedicated Server - a fully dedicated web server set up and accessed by you and only you. It guarantees a mammoth quantity of system resources. It also provides full root privileges, which renders it the optimal platform for any type of website that needs a website hosting solution.
The only question that remains is:
Which website hosting supplier should I settle on?
As already mentioned, there are not many hosts offering warez web hosting solutions due to judicial complications. Such hosting providers are being closed down practically every month. Therefore, if you would like to create such a service, you should do it on your own PC. The shared hosting solution is the most popular type of web hosting service. That is why, each and every website hosting corporation offers it. Not all of them, however, offer solutions such as VPS hosting servers, Semi-dedicated Servers and dedicated web hosting servers. Most of the small scale hosting suppliers do not have the means required for offering those services. You can easily ID such hosting companies by the sorts of services that they are offering and by the manner in which they present them to the clients. For example, certain hosting companies allow you to start with a low-end web hosting account and subsequently shift to a more powerful one, if you find it compulsory to do so. This is very convenient, because you do not need to migrate web portals between web servers and there is no danger of experiencing downtime because of all the complications that may occur.
We, at Pepcube Web Hosting offer all sorts of solutions and have the adequate server resources and personnel to ensure that their customers will not stumble upon any hassles when swapping services, which is what a top hosting provider is in fact all about.