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Forms of hosting services

A hosting service suggests depositing and/or sharing given web content on a server handled by a website hosting provider. There are different sorts of hosting services utilized for various purposes, so let's take a peek at them. Doing so, you can pick what you need, based on whether you'd like to create a website, e-mail addresses, or to share files with mates and associates.

- File hosting: a service distributed by various hosts, which allows you to share big files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage accounts are often supported by showing ads next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a certain stretch of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file storage account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a completely inappropriate interpretation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would assign the tasks at hand between different bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various web page hosting services (mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a type of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; certain providers provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting kind is suitable if you wish to share an enormous quantity of pictures with pals or partners since the service is commonly free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for web sites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to handling your e-mail addresses. Some providers offer webspace hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an email hosting solution. If you want to open an email address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a site, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can set up email box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a certain amount of CPU load, so with a couple of video clips and a few hundred site viewers, you may have a problem with your site hosting reserves. Embedding the video will permit you to own as many video files as you desire without hassling about system supplies.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to keep a web site. To some degree, it embodies all of the aforementioned hosting varieties since, along with your web pages, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Free Hostia, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that permit you to get all of the aforementioned services in one location. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web space hosting package may be better or worse compared to the usual e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are meant for particular web content solely.