Types of hosting solutions
A hosting solution involves storing and/or sharing certain web content on a web server run by a web hosting vendor. There are different classes of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's have a glimpse at these. Doing so, you can choose what you need, depending on whether you desire to launch a web portal, mail address accounts, or to share files with chums and colleagues.
- File hosting: a service furnished by certain firms, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only objective is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created 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 be unable to open .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting accounts are frequently supported by displaying adverts beside the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a certain period of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting package, there are no restrictions 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.
Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly unsuitable interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would allot the workload between separate sets of servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various website hosting services (email, web space, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is only a sort of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; certain corporations provide a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is appropriate if you wish to share a big number of pictures with comrades or colleagues since the service is typically free. You will get a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for web pages.
- Email hosting: a solution devoted to administering your email aliases. Some firms provide hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an e-mail service. If you desire to create a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to possess a site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can open e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this approach instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file creates a certain amount of CPU load, so with several video files and a few hundred visitors, you may have difficulty with your website hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will allow you to run as many video files as you desire without hassling about system reserves.
- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to possess a website. To some extent, it involves all of the abovementioned hosting groups since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Website Web Hosting Services, for instance, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that enable you to have all of the aforementioned services in one location. There may be limitations based on the kind of hosting solution 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 plan may be better or worse compared with the routine email/file/video/image hosting packages that are created for particular content only.