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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting service pertains to keeping and/or sharing particular content on a server managed by a web hosting distributor. There are various varieties of hosting services used for various aims, so let's take a gaze at them. In that way, you can conclude what you need, based on whether you desire to set up a website, e-mail accounts, or to share files with buddies and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by given vendors, which permits you to share big files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole designation is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a list of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php website files in your browser. Free file hosting services often involve advertisements next to the download links, while a timer compels you to await a given amount of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file hosting account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limit when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally incorrect explanation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would distribute the workload between individual stacks of servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous web site hosting services (email, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a kind of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain vendors provide a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting type is suitable if you wish to share an enormous amount of pics with friends or associates since the solution is generally free. You will obtain a random link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web pages.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to managing your e-mail address accounts. Some distributors provide site hosting solutions for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting service. If you wish to launch an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to have a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you need. You can create mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video clip, or you can embed the video in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of video clips and a few hundred site visitors, you may have trouble with your webspace hosting quotas. Embedding the video will permit you to use as many video files as you wish without worrying about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to possess a site. To some degree, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting types since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and mails, upload videos, and so on. At Web Hosting Giants, for example, you can explore web hosting and dedicated hosting packages that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one place. There may be restrictions depending on the form of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting plan may be better or worse juxtaposed to the normal email/file/video/image hosting packages that are designed for particular content solely.