Categories of hosting services

A hosting service involves saving and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server managed by a website hosting supplier. There are various varieties of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glimpse at them. Thus, you can pick what you need, based on whether you'd like to set up a weblog, emails, or to share files with friends and associates.

- File hosting: a service delivered by given hosts, which permits you to share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only objective is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage plans are frequently supported by displaying adverts beside the download links, while a timer forces you to await a particular amount of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation when it comes 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 modish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly erroneous interpretation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would assign the load between individual groups of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various site hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a variety of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; some firms provide a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting brand is appropriate if you wish to share a great number of images with friends or acquaintances since the service is typically free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for websites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to handling your email mailbox accounts. Some companies provide web page hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an e-mail solution. If you would like to open a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to have a site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a few videos and several hundred site visitors, you may have difficulty with your web hosting quotas. Embedding the video will permit you to own as many video files as you wish without bothering about system quotas.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to keep a web site. To some degree, it involves all of the aforesaid hosting forms since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload video files, etc. At, for instance, you can see web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that allow you to get all of the aforesaid services in one place. There may be limits depending on the kind of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the standard email/file/video/image hosting plans that are intended for particular content exclusively.