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Types of hosting services

A hosting service includes hoarding and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server administered by a website hosting provider. There are various types of hosting services used for different ends, so let's have a glance at them. Doing so, you can determine what you need, based on whether you desire to own a site, e-mailbox accounts, or to share files with mates and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution provided by given providers, which allows you to share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly 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 load .html or .php web files in your browser. Free file hosting solutions are often supported by displaying advertisements next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a certain interval of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is an entirely erroneous explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would distribute the tasks at hand between autonomous sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various website hosting services (mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a variety of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given suppliers offer a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting brand is suitable if you desire to share an enormous quantity of pictures with comrades or associates since the service is mostly free of charge. You will get a random link for each and every 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 solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to administering your e-mailbox accounts. Some providers offer web page hosting services for sites, but do not offer an e-mail solution. If you desire to own an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to possess a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can set up email address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video files and a few hundred viewers, you may have a problem with your website hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will permit you to use as many video clips as you desire without worrying about system reserves.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to possess a website. To a certain degree, it embodies all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and e-mail box accounts, upload videos, and so on. At Free Hostia, for example, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated server hosting solutions that allow you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one place. There may be limits based on the sort of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web site hosting account may be better or worse compared with the conventional email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are tailored for specific content only.