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Categories of hosting solutions

A hosting service means hoarding and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server hosted by a web hosting supplier. There are various classes of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's review these. Thus, you can pick what you need, based on whether you'd like to have a site, email addresses, or to share files with buddies and partners.

- File hosting: a service furnished by some hosts, which permits you to share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a register of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage solutions frequently include advertisements next to the download links, while a timer forces you to await a certain stretch of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly unsuitable interpretation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allot the workload between autonomous groups of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous webspace hosting services (mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a variety of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; specific suppliers offer a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting brand is appropriate if you want to share an enormous number of pics with pals or associates since the solution is mostly free of charge. 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 solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- Email hosting: a solution committed to handling your mail accounts. Some distributors provide hosting solutions for sites, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you want to own a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can set up mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a specific amount of CPU load, so with a few video clips and a few hundred web page visitors, you may have difficulty with your web page hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will permit you to manage as many videos as you would like without worrying about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to have a site. To a certain degree, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting types since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and e-mail accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Hosting Advocate, for example, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated server hosting solutions that allow you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single location. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the typical e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are made for particular content exclusively.