Groups of hosting services

A hosting service implies storing and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server hosted by a website hosting supplier. There are various kinds of hosting services used for different aims, so let's explore them. In that way, you can pick what you want, based on whether you wish to have a site, e-mails, or to share files with chums and associates.

- File hosting: a solution made available by some file storage providers, which allows you to share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole goal is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting services are frequently supported by displaying adverts by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a certain span of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchandisers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally inappropriate interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would assign the workload between individual stacks of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous web page hosting services (mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a sort of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; specific firms offer a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting type is good if you would like to share a large amount of images with friends or colleagues since the service is mostly free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for web pages.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to handling your e-mails. Some companies offer site hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an email service. If you wish to get an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can create e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video produces a particular amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of videos and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a hard time with your hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will allow you to possess as many videos as you would like without worrying about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to own a website. To a certain degree, it embodies all of the aforementioned hosting groups since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and email box accounts, upload videos, etc. At, for instance, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that permit you to have all of the abovementioned services in a single location. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web site hosting account may be better or worse compared with the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are created for specific content only.