Sorts of hosting solutions
A hosting service applies to keeping and/or sharing given web content on a web server hosted by a website hosting provider. There are different varieties of hosting services used for various aims, so let's review them. Doing so, you can choose what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to run a blog, email aliases, or to share files with comrades and partners.
- File hosting: a solution supplied by some companies, which permits you to share large files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a table of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php website files in your browser. Free file hosting accounts often involve ads by the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a given stretch of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own 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 restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a totally erroneous explanation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allocate the load between different packs of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different website hosting services (email, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a sort of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; some companies offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting kind is suitable if you would like to share a big number of pictures with comrades or acquaintances since the solution is generally free. You will get a random link for each and every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to administering your emails. Some providers provide website hosting services for sites, but do not offer an email service. If you want to open an email address with your domain name but do not want to own a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can create e-mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video clip, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a few video clips and a few hundred web site viewers, you may have a problem with your web page hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will enable you to own as many video files as you wish without worrying about system quotas.
- Website hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to own a web site. To some degree, it consists of all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload video files, etc. At WebHost-ing.com, for example, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that enable you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limits based on the form of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse compared with the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are planned for specific content solely.