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Varieties of hosting services

A hosting service is related to hoarding and/or sharing certain content on a web hosting server hosted by a web hosting supplier. There are various categories of hosting services utilized for various ends, so let's have a glimpse at these. Thus, you can decide what you want, depending on whether you'd like to launch a web portal, emails, or to share files with pals and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by given companies, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only function is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting services often involve advertisements beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a certain spell of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a completely improper interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would assign the load between separate packs of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different website hosting services (mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a sort of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; certain vendors offer a hosting service for pictures solely. This hosting variant is good if you wish to share a vast amount of pics with comrades or acquaintances since the service is generally free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for every 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 solution cannot be utilized for websites.

- E-mail hosting: a service committed to administering your mail aliases. Some companies offer site hosting solutions for web pages, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you would like to possess an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to run a site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can open e-mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a few video clips and several hundred website viewers, you may have a problem with your site hosting resources. Embedding the video will enable you to run as many video clips as you want to without bothering about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to own a web site. To some degree, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting groups since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can run databases and email address accounts, upload videos, etc. At, for example, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting solutions that permit you to have all of the abovementioned services in one location. There may be limits depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the usual email/file/video/image hosting packages that are intended for specific web content exclusively.