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Classes of hosting services

A hosting solution implies stockpiling and/or sharing particular content on a web hosting server managed by a web hosting distributor. There are various kinds of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's survey these. Doing so, you can elect what you need, depending on whether you desire to establish a blog, e-mail accounts, or to share files with buddies and partners.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by certain companies, which enables you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only objective is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free file storage solutions often involve ads next to the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a particular interval of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no limits 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.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely wrong explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allot the tasks at hand between separate stacks of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving different web space hosting services (email, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a type of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; given corporations offer a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting brand is good if you would like to share a big quantity of images with chums or acquaintances since the service is typically free of charge. You will receive 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 compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for websites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to taking care of your mailbox accounts. Some distributors provide web page hosting solutions for websites, but do not supply an email solution. If you desire to set up a mail address with your domain name but do not want to possess a site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can open mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file generates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video files and several hundred visitors, you may have a problem with your web page hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will allow you to administer as many video clips as you desire without bothering about system supplies.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to keep a site. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforesaid hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and email aliases, upload video clips, and so on. At, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated server hosting accounts that permit you to get all of the abovementioned services in one single place. There may be limits based on the kind of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse compared with the usual email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are planned for particular web content solely.