Groups of hosting services

A hosting solution is connected with stockpiling and/or sharing given content on a web hosting server run by a hosting company. There are different sorts of hosting services used for different ends, so let's take a glance at them. In that way, you can determine what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to launch a web site, e-mail aliases, or to share files with comrades and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service furnished by various firms, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single goal is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage accounts are often supported by exhibiting adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a given span of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limit when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a completely inappropriate interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would divide the workload between different packs of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different website hosting services (email, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a sort of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given companies provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting variant is suitable if you want to share a vast quantity of pics with friends or acquaintances since the solution is commonly free of cost. You will receive a random link for each and every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to managing your electronic mail accounts. Some companies provide web space hosting solutions for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you wish to own an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to have a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can open email mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video clip produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with several video files and a few hundred viewers, you may have trouble with your web hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will enable you to utilize as many video files as you want without hassling about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to run a web site. To a certain degree, it embodies all of the abovementioned hosting brands since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload video files, and so on. At, for example, you can view web hosting and dedicated web hosting services that permit you to have all of the aforementioned services in one place. There may be restrictions depending on the form of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the routine email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are purposed for particular web content exclusively.