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Forms of hosting services

A hosting service involves depositing and/or sharing given content on a server managed by a web hosting provider. There are various classes of hosting services used for different ends, so let's have a look at these. In this way, you can decide what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to launch a site, email aliases, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by given vendors, which enables you to share huge 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 sole objective is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. As soon as 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 roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions often involve advertisements beside the download links, while a timer makes you await a particular spell of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file storage account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely false explanation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would allocate the load between different stacks of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various webspace hosting services (mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a type of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; given corporations provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting kind is suitable if you wish to share an enormous amount of pictures with mates or colleagues since the solution is commonly free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to administering your e-mail addresses. Some vendors offer hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you desire to run a mail address with your domain name but do not want to possess a site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can create e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file produces a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a hard time with your hosting supplies. Embedding the video clip will allow you to have as many video clips as you want without worrying about system supplies.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to keep a site. To a certain degree, it embodies all of the aforementioned hosting brands since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can set up databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video clips, etc. At, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated web server hosting accounts that enable you to have all of the aforementioned services in one place. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are tailored for specific web content solely.