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Types of hosting solutions

A hosting service applies to depositing and/or sharing specific web content on a web hosting server hosted by a website hosting supplier. There are different forms of hosting services utilized for different purposes, so let's take a glimpse at them. In that way, you can determine what you want, based on whether you wish to establish a web page, e-mailbox accounts, or to share files with friends and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by certain hosts, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only function is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file storage plans are frequently supported by displaying ads by the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a particular amount of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting retailers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a totally distorted interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would allot the workload between independent bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving different webspace hosting services (electronic mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a type of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; certain vendors offer a hosting service for images solely. This hosting variant is good if you would like to share an enormous number of pictures with friends or associates since the service is commonly free. You will obtain a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to managing your email addresses. Some firms provide hosting solutions for websites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you would like to manage an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to own a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can set up e-mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables 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 advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of video clips and several hundred web page visitors, you may have trouble with your web space hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will enable you to have as many video clips as you want to without hassling about system quotas.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you would like to own a web site. To some degree, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting categories since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and email box accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At, for example, you can have a gaze at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that allow you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one single place. There may be restrictions depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting account may be better or worse compared with the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are devised for specific content exclusively.