Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting service implies depositing and/or sharing certain content on a hosting server administered by a web hosting supplier. There are various kinds of hosting services utilized for different goals, so let's survey these. Thus, you can pick what you want, based on whether you'd like to launch a site, mails, or to share files with pals and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service offered by particular file storage providers, which permits you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not offer web page 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 explore a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file hosting packages are often supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to await a certain span of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you run a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a totally mistaken interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allocate the workload between autonomous hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various web hosting services (mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a variety of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some vendors offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you would like to share a great quantity of pics with buddies or associates since the solution is typically free. You will obtain a random link for each and every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web pages.

- Email hosting: a solution committed to tackling your email box accounts. Some corporations offer web page hosting solutions for web pages, but do not provide an email hosting solution. If you wish to create a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can set up email address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred web site viewers, you may have difficulty with your web hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will allow you to have as many video clips as you wish without worrying about system resources.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you need if you wish to possess a website. To some degree, it involves all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video files, etc. At WebHost-ing.com, for instance, you can observe web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that enable you to have all of the aforementioned services in a single location. There may be restrictions based on the form of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse compared to the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are meant for specific web content only.