Forms of hosting solutions

A hosting service means stashing and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server administered by a hosting distributor. There are different groups of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's take a glance at them. In this way, you can conclude what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to create a site, email addresses, or to share files with friends and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service made available by various file storage providers, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage services often involve ads beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a particular amount of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file hosting account, there are no restrictions 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 present, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely distorted interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would divide the workload between autonomous stacks of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous hosting services (email, web space, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a kind of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given firms offer a hosting service for images solely. This hosting variant is appropriate if you desire to share an enormous amount of pics with pals or colleagues since the solution is generally free of charge. You will obtain a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for websites.

- Email hosting: a solution devoted to managing your e-mail aliases. Some suppliers offer web page hosting solutions for web sites, but do not provide an email service. If you wish to open an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can create e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file creates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a handful of videos and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a problem with your web page hosting resources. Embedding the video will enable you to use as many video files as you would like without bothering about system supplies.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you need if you desire to keep a website. To a certain degree, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting kinds since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can set up databases and mail address accounts, upload videos, and so on. At, for example, you can take a glance at web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that permit you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limits depending on the type 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 web space hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the regular email/file/video/image hosting plans that are planned for particular content only.