Varieties of hosting services

A hosting solution entails saving and/or sharing certain content on a web hosting server managed by a website hosting company. There are different forms of hosting services used for various aims, so let's take a peek at them. In that way, you can decide what you need, depending on whether you desire to have a web site, mailbox accounts, or to share files with mates and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by various web hosts, which permits you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only purpose is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. Once 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 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 file storage accounts often involve advertisements beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a given span of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a completely false explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would divide the workload between individual stacks of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various website hosting services (electronic mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a sort of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; some companies provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting variant is good if you wish to share a large amount of pictures with pals or colleagues since the solution is usually free. You will receive a random link for every picture 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 utilized for web pages.

- Email hosting: a solution devoted to tackling your e-mail box accounts. Some vendors provide web site hosting solutions for sites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting service. If you would like to manage an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to run a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can create e-mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and several hundred site viewers, you may have trouble with your hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will permit you to manage as many videos as you want to without bothering about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to possess a web site. To a certain extent, it includes all of the abovementioned hosting varieties since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and e-mail aliases, upload videos, etc. At Hosting And Domains, for example, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated web hosting solutions that enable you to get all of the aforesaid services in one place. There may be limitations based on the sort of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting plan may be better or worse juxtaposed to the standard email/file/video/image hosting packages that are meant for particular content only.