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Varieties of hosting services

A hosting service involves saving and/or sharing specific web content on a web server managed by a web hosting provider. There are various varieties of hosting services utilized for different goals, so let's take a glance at these. In this way, you can pick what you want, based on whether you desire to own a website, mail addresses, or to share files with comrades and partners.

- File hosting: a solution made available by certain file storage providers, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as 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 table of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free file storage packages are often supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a specific period of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a completely improper interpretation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would apportion the workload between individual hosts of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving various web space hosting services (email, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a kind of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given corporations offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you wish to share a large number of images with comrades or acquaintances since the service is typically free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to managing your email accounts. Some distributors provide web space hosting services for sites, but do not offer an email hosting service. If you want to keep a 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 set up mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video file creates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and a few hundred site viewers, you may have a hard time with your website hosting resources. Embedding the video will permit you to manage as many videos as you would like without worrying about system resources.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you require if you would like to keep a web site. To a certain extent, it involves all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and email address accounts, upload videos, etc. At, for instance, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that allow you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one place. There may be limitations based on the sort of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the conventional email/file/video/image hosting plans that are conceived for particular web content only.