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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting service involves stockpiling and/or sharing particular web content on a web hosting server managed by a hosting distributor. There are various groups of hosting services used for various ends, so let's have a glimpse at them. In that way, you can determine what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to launch a weblog, e-mails, or to share files with comrades and associates.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by certain firms, which allows you to share immense files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting plans frequently include adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a given period of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely fallacious interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allot the load between independent stacks of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending various site hosting services (email, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a sort of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; certain vendors offer a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting type is suitable if you desire to share a great quantity of images with friends or partners since the service is commonly free. You will obtain a random link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for websites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to managing your mailbox accounts. Some corporations provide website hosting services for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail solution. If you desire to create an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can create mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video generates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of videos and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a problem with your site hosting reserves. Embedding the video will permit you to possess as many videos as you desire without bothering about system supplies.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to own a web site. To some degree, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting varieties since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can set up databases and e-mail box accounts, upload videos, etc. At, for example, you can observe web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that permit you to have all of the abovementioned services in a single location. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the normal email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are planned for specific web content solely.