Forms of hosting services
A hosting solution entails stashing and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server managed by a web hosting company. There are different classes of hosting services utilized for various goals, so let's survey these. Thus, you can determine what you need, based on whether you'd like to set up a blog, mail accounts, or to share files with chums and acquaintances.
- File hosting: a service distributed by certain companies, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only goal is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a table of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free file hosting plans are often supported by showing adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a given spell of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file hosting package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a completely inapt interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would apportion the load between independent hosts of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various web hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a type of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given corporations offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting kind is good if you wish to share an immense amount of pictures with mates or acquaintances since the service is usually free of charge. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for web pages.
- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to taking care of your email box accounts. Some firms offer webspace hosting services for sites, but do not supply an e-mail solution. If you would like to get an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to possess a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can set up mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video creates a specific amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred web site viewers, you may have a hard time with your web hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will enable you to run as many video clips as you desire without worrying about system reserves.
- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to keep a web site. To some degree, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting types since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and email accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Free Hostia, for instance, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that permit you to get all of the aforementioned 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 package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the normal e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are meant for specific web content exclusively.