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Sorts of hosting solutions

A hosting solution appertains to storing and/or sharing specific content on a web server handled by a web hosting distributor. There are different sorts of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's take a look at them. In this way, you can decide what you need, based on whether you wish to own a site, email aliases, or to share files with buddies and partners.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by given companies, which allows you to share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not offer web page 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 register of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting packages frequently involve adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a certain stretch of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file storage account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely awry explanation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would divide the tasks at hand between individual bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous website hosting services (electronic mail, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is just a sort of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given corporations provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting variant is suitable if you would like to share an enormous number of pics with mates or colleagues since the solution is usually free of charge. You will get a random link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service committed to taking care of your mail aliases. Some providers offer web site hosting solutions for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail hosting service. If you wish to get an email address with your domain name but do not desire to possess a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can create e-mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file generates a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of videos and a few hundred viewers, you may have difficulty with your website hosting reserves. Embedding the video will enable you to use as many video files as you would like without worrying about system quotas.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to own a website. To some extent, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting types since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video files, etc. At, for example, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that permit you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one location. There may be limitations depending on the type of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the customary e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are purposed for specific web content only.