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Types of hosting solutions

A hosting service concerns hoarding and/or sharing specific web content on a web hosting server run by a hosting distributor. There are different varieties of hosting services used for different ends, so let's have a peek at them. Doing so, you can conclude what you want, based on whether you'd like to launch a web page, email mailbox accounts, or to share files with chums and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service delivered by certain web hosts, which allows you to share immense files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions frequently involve adverts beside the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a specific period of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a completely improper interpretation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allocate the tasks at hand between independent sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous site hosting services (email, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a brand of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; some suppliers provide a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting kind is suitable if you want to share an enormous quantity of pictures with mates or acquaintances since the service is commonly free of charge. You will receive a random link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to handling your e-mail aliases. Some companies provide web space hosting solutions for web pages, but do not supply an email service. If you wish to possess an email address with your domain name but do not want to keep a website, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can set up mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video brings about a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and several hundred site viewers, you may have difficulty with your web page hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will permit you to use as many video files as you want without bothering about system supplies.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to keep a web site. To a certain degree, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting forms since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and mail accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can view web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that enable you to get all of the aforesaid services in a single location. There may be restrictions depending on the form of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web site hosting package may be better or worse compared with the usual e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are created for particular web content solely.