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Forms of hosting services

A hosting solution is connected with stockpiling and/or sharing specific content on a server administered by a website hosting provider. There are various groups of hosting services used for various ends, so let's explore them. Doing so, you can conclude what you want, on the basis of whether you desire to own a web site, e-mails, or to share files with comrades and associates.

- File hosting: a service distributed by some providers, which enables you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created 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 not be able to view .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage plans frequently involve advertisements by the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a certain period of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you have a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally inappropriate interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would allocate the workload between individual stacks of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a type of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; some companies offer a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting kind is good if you wish to share a huge amount of images with buddies or associates since the solution is generally free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for web pages.

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

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video file, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with several video files and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your hosting resources. Embedding the video will allow you to keep as many video files as you would like without bothering about system quotas.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to keep a site. To some degree, it encompasses all of the aforementioned hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and mailbox accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Free Hostia, for instance, you can have a gaze at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that enable you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limitations based on the type of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting account may be better or worse compared with the customary e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are meant for particular web content only.