Classes of hosting solutions
A hosting service suggests storing and/or sharing given content on a web hosting server handled by a web hosting distributor. There are various categories of hosting services used for different ends, so let's explore them. In that way, you can determine what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to have a web portal, emails, or to share files with chums and associates.
- File hosting: a service provided by certain vendors, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single purpose is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage plans often include adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a certain period of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
These days, with the help of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly distorted explanation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would divide the load between separate packs of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous site hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a brand of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific firms offer a hosting service for images exclusively. This hosting kind is good if you would like to share a vast amount of pictures with mates or associates since the service is usually free. You will get a randomly generated link for each and every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for sites.
- Email hosting: a service devoted to taking care of your email mailbox accounts. Some corporations provide web space hosting solutions for websites, but do not provide an email hosting solution. If you want to possess an email address with your domain name but do not wish to possess a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can open e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video file generates a given amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of videos and several hundred viewers, you may have a hard time with your web hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will permit you to manage as many video files as you want to without worrying about system supplies.
- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you desire to run a web site. To some degree, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting categories since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and e-mails, upload video clips, etc. At HD Web Hosting, for example, you can observe web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that permit you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one place. There may be limits based on the kind of hosting solution that you've settled on - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting account may be better or worse compared with the customary e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are conceived for particular web content solely.