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Types of hosting solutions

A hosting service is related to stockpiling and/or sharing given content on a web server managed by a website hosting vendor. There are various sorts of hosting services used for various goals, so let's take a glance at them. In that way, you can conclude what you want, depending on whether you desire to build a website, e-mailbox accounts, or to share files with chums and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by given providers, which permits you to share enormous 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 designation is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting plans often involve adverts beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a specific interval of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file hosting package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting traders, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally erroneous interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would distribute the tasks at hand between different groups of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous web hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a brand of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; specific vendors provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting kind is appropriate if you want to share a vast number of images with pals or partners since the solution is generally free of charge. You will obtain a random link for each and every pic 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 web sites.

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

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video file, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video clip creates a given amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have a hard time with your hosting supplies. Embedding the video will enable you to administer as many video files as you desire without bothering about system quotas.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to possess a site. To a certain extent, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting types since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and mail accounts, upload video files, and so on. At AfterHost, for example, you can observe web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that enable you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limits based on the type of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting account may be better or worse compared to the ordinary email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are planned for specific content only.