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Varieties of hosting solutions

A hosting service entails stashing and/or sharing given content on a hosting server handled by a website hosting provider. There are different groups of hosting services used for different aims, so let's have a gaze at them. Thus, you can conclude what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to have a website, email accounts, or to share files with friends and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service made available by particular vendors, which enables you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only function is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage solutions are often supported by showing advertisements beside the download links, while a timer compels you to await a given span of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the help of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally untrue explanation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would apportion the load between different sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous webspace hosting services (email, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a brand of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given distributors provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting kind is good if you would like to share a vast quantity of images with buddies or associates since the service is usually free of charge. You will get a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for web pages.

- Email hosting: a solution committed to managing your e-mailbox accounts. Some companies offer web hosting services for sites, but do not offer an e-mail solution. If you wish to have a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to possess a site, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can set up email accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video file creates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video files and a few hundred visitors, you may have difficulty with your site hosting quotas. Embedding the video will permit you to own as many videos as you wish without hassling about system quotas.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to have a site. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting kinds since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and mail aliases, upload video clips, and so on. At Free Hostia, for instance, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated server hosting services that permit you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in a single place. There may be restrictions based on the kind of hosting solution that you've settled on - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your site hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the customary e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are meant for particular content exclusively.