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What Exactly is Shared Hosting?
As its name denotes, shared hosting is a solution, which entails hosting web content. There are various forms and kinds of web hosting, based on the goals and on the functions. Even so, they all entail hosting files, which, once hosted, are made accessible throughout the World Wide Web. A host is in fact a web hosting service that is connected to the World Wide Web and has its very own IP address, which permits people to access it through the Internet. The hosting server's configuration and its resources are subject to the sort of hosting service it will be utilized for.
What are the various forms of web hosting?
Depending on the goal, the professional hosting service may be:
File Hosting - this type of web hosting allows the users to keep their files on a specific hosting server. With the ordinary file web hosting solution, the files that are kept may only be accessed by the individual that's utilizing the service. This web hosting solution normally includes backups of computers , documents, private files and even other servers. This solution may also involve given limitations when it comes to the data space and the root privileges. There may also be traffic quota limits, but that depends on the particular host.
Warez Web Hosting - the so-called warez web hosting solution is resembling the previous web hosting service form. In spite of that, in contrast with the file storage hosting service, the warez web hosting solution is utilized for disseminating patented materials without being okayed by the copyright bearer. To put it briefly - it entails the unauthorized circulation of files and materials. There are multiple ways for this to be attained, but the two chief ways are - via plain HTTP downloading and through peer-to-peer connections. The first method entails either some web site, or, most often, simply a directory on a web hosting server that's been made available for everybody to access it and thereby download licensed docs free of cost. The second way involves a peer-to-peer connection, using the so-called Torrent web servers, via which people share files between each other. There are just a few website hosting distributors that allow such form of hosting on their servers, mostly because of all the judicial entanglements that it involves. Commonly such sites are hosted on personal dedicated servers that are registered by 3rd party corporations either in the Middle East or in Asia.
E-mail Hosting - this service is relevant with both shared web hosting and dedicated web servers, depending on the client's intention. If you would like to have your own personal SMTP email server, then you will need either a private virtual web server or a dedicated hosting server that offers the level of access required to carry out such a task. For customary electronic mail web hosting ends, though, you can create a standard shared web hosting account, to which you can point the mail exchanger records of your domain. This is not a solution that's very famous, since the web hosting and the electronic mail hosting services are being served by 2 separate servers, usually owned by different hosts.
Shared Hosting - the most widespread and vastly utilized hosting service at present. It's used for hosting website files, whose type is dependent on the OS the hosting server is utilizing - Linux or Windows. Different kinds of files request concrete server OSs, otherwise they won't be displayed accurately on the Web. This form of web hosting may involve server storage and bandwidth quota limits, root access and CPU usage restrictions.
Depending on the goals and on the functions, the client should select the kind of web hosting server that he requires for his work, and, of course, the web hosting supplier that's going to furnish it. There are various kinds of servers, based on the configuration and the web hosting solutions that they offer. These are:
Shared Website Hosting Server - a shared website hosting server offers a smaller amount of system resources, which, of course, is reflected on the price of the service. It can be used for hosting small and middle scale web sites, which do not need vast amounts of web space and web traffic.
Semi-dedicated Servers - they work on the same principle as the shared website hosting servers. Nevertheless, there are much less customers accommodated on the same hosting server. Hence, each of them will enjoy a larger quota of the server's resources like RAM, data space, web traffic and CPU. Ideal for hosting heavy web pages that do not require full root privileges.
Virtual private servers are ideal for middle sized web pages, which do require root access to the hosting server's config files. Usually, there are a bunch of virtual hosting server accounts situated on the same physical machine. Still, each of them is insulated from the other ones and has its own Operating System.
Dedicated Server - a completely dedicated machine set up and accessed by you and solely you. It ensures an enormous quantity of system resources. It also provides root-level access, which renders it the optimal environment for any type of web page that requires a web hosting service.
The only question that remains is:
Which website hosting distributor should I opt for?
As mentioned, there aren't many web hosts offering warez hosting services due to judicial predicaments. Such hosting providers are being shut down practically every month. Because of that, if you wish to provide such a service, you should do it on your very own personal computer. The shared website hosting solution is the most famous kind of web hosting service. Because of that, every website hosting vendor provides it. Not all of them, however, provide solutions such as virtual web servers, Semi-dedicated Servers and dedicated hosting servers. Most of the smaller website hosting companies do not have the resources needed for offering those services. You can quickly recognize such hosts by the kinds of services that they are offering and by the way that they present them to the customers. For instance, some web hosting providers permit you to begin with a small sized website hosting account and then shift to a more advanced one, if you find it necessary to do so. This is extremely suitable, since you do not need to relocate web pages between servers and there is no possibility of facing outages due to all the complications that may appear.
We, at CIS Hosting provide all types of solutions and have the required web server resources and personnel to ensure that their clients will not run into any predicaments when swapping services, which is what a top hosting corporation is in fact all about.