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Sorts of hosting solutions

A hosting service is associated with depositing and/or sharing specific web content on a server managed by a web hosting vendor. There are different kinds of hosting services utilized for different purposes, so let's have a peek at them. Doing so, you can determine what you need, depending on whether you'd like to run a web portal, mails, or to share files with chums and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service made available by given firms, which permits you to share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a table of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting plans often include adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a specific amount of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly false interpretation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would divide the workload between separate sets of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different website hosting services (email, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a sort of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; certain companies provide a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting kind is appropriate if you would like to share a great quantity of pictures with comrades or colleagues since the service is generally free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for websites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to tackling your mail aliases. Some distributors provide web hosting solutions for web pages, but do not provide an e-mail hosting service. If you would like to run an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to run a web site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can set up email accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your web site hosting resources. Embedding the video will permit you to manage as many video files as you want without bothering about system supplies.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to possess a website. To a certain degree, it contains all of the aforesaid hosting forms since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and e-mail addresses, upload video clips, etc. At, for instance, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that permit you to get all of the abovementioned services in one location. There may be restrictions based on the type of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web page hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the regular e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are purposed for particular web content only.