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Types of hosting services

A hosting service applies to storing and/or sharing certain content on a web hosting server run by a website hosting company. There are various groups of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's survey these. In that way, you can determine what you want, depending on whether you desire to launch a web site, mail addresses, or to share files with buddies and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution supplied by some vendors, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its single function is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free file storage packages are frequently supported by exhibiting ads next to the download links, while a timer compels you to await a given amount of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly improper explanation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would assign the workload between different hosts of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different site hosting services (email, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a type of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; some firms offer a hosting service for pictures solely. This hosting type is good if you would like to share a huge amount of pictures with friends or partners since the service is usually free. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for websites.

- E-mail hosting: a service committed to taking care of your e-mail address accounts. Some companies provide website hosting services for sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you desire to open an email address with your domain name but do not desire to have a website, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can set up e-mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video file, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this method instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of video files and several hundred web page visitors, you may have a hard time with your hosting resources. Embedding the video file will permit you to manage as many video files as you would like without bothering about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to own a site. To a certain extent, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and email box accounts, upload videos, and so on. At, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated server hosting accounts that allow you to get all of the aforesaid services in a single place. There may be limits based on the sort of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the conventional e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are designed for specific web content solely.