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Classes of hosting services

A hosting service implies stockpiling and/or sharing specific content on a server administered by a web hosting supplier. There are various kinds of hosting services utilized for various purposes, so let's have a glance at these. Thus, you can determine what you need, depending on whether you'd like to build a web page, mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and partners.

- File hosting: a solution offered by certain web hosts, which permits you to share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only purpose is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated 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 be unable to view .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage plans are often supported by displaying ads by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a specific span of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting traders, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly incongruous interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would distribute the load between different bunches of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving various webspace hosting services (mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a sort of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given distributors offer a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting variant is appropriate if you want to share a great amount of pictures with chums or colleagues since the service is generally free of charge. You will get a randomly generated link for each and every pic 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.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to taking care of your e-mail aliases. Some vendors provide web page hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an email service. If you want to manage an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can create email mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video clip generates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with several videos and several hundred web site viewers, you may have difficulty with your web page hosting quotas. Embedding the video will enable you to utilize as many videos as you want without bothering about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to possess a site. To some degree, it includes all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your web pages, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and email box accounts, upload video files, and so on. At, for instance, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that enable you to get all of the aforesaid services in one single place. There may be restrictions depending on the type of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the typical e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are planned for particular web content only.