Sorts of hosting services
A hosting solution involves storing and/or sharing given content on a hosting server handled by a website hosting provider. There are different types of hosting services used for different ends, so let's have a glance at them. Doing so, you can decide what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to build a website, email accounts, or to share files with chums and associates.
- File hosting: a solution delivered by particular firms, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its single aim is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting plans are often supported by showing advertisements next to the download links, while a timer forces you to await a specific amount of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting traders, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a completely unsuitable interpretation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allocate the workload between different sets of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous webspace hosting services (mail, disk storage, 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 service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given suppliers provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting brand is good if you want to share a great number of pictures with mates or colleagues since the solution is usually free. You will receive a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to managing your email box accounts. Some corporations offer web site hosting services for sites, but do not offer an e-mail hosting service. If you desire to manage an email address with your domain name but do not wish to run a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can create email accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video clip, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a handful of videos and a few hundred site visitors, you may have a problem with your website hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will enable you to possess as many video files as you wish without bothering about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to own a site. To a certain degree, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting forms since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and mail address accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can view web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that permit you to get all of the abovementioned services in a single location. There may be limits based on the sort of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your website hosting package may be better or worse compared to the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are intended for particular web content exclusively.