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Kinds of hosting services

A hosting solution pertains to stashing and/or sharing specific web content on a web server managed by a web hosting vendor. There are various varieties of hosting services utilized for different purposes, so let's have a glance at them. In that way, you can determine what you want, depending on whether you desire to build a web portal, e-mail box accounts, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a service provided by certain companies, which lets you 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 goal is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a list of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting accounts frequently include advertisements next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a particular stretch of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly incongruous interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would apportion the workload between separate groups of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous hosting services (email, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a sort of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given distributors offer a hosting service for images solely. This hosting kind is good if you wish to share an immense number of images with buddies or colleagues since the service is commonly free of charge. You will get a random link for each pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for websites.

- Email hosting: a service committed to tackling your e-mail aliases. Some providers provide web page hosting services for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting solution. If you would like to run an email address with your domain name but do not wish to have a site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can create email mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video clip, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and several hundred website visitors, you may have trouble with your webspace hosting reserves. Embedding the video will enable you to keep as many video files as you want without hassling about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to have a web site. To some extent, it consists of all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and email accounts, upload video clips, etc. At, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that permit you to have all of the aforesaid services in one single location. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the routine email/file/video/image hosting packages that are made for particular content only.