Varieties of hosting services
A hosting service concerns keeping and/or sharing specific content on a hosting server handled by a hosting supplier. There are various categories of hosting services used for different goals, so let's take a peek at them. Thus, you can pick what you want, depending on whether you wish to set up a web portal, mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and colleagues.
- File hosting: a service provided by some web hosts, which allows you to share immense files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only goal is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting solutions often involve ads beside the download links, while a timer makes you await a certain stretch of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.
Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a completely imprecise interpretation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would allot the workload between autonomous sets of servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending miscellaneous site hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a variety of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given suppliers offer a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting variant is suitable if you would like to share a huge amount of pics with comrades or colleagues since the solution is mostly free of cost. You will obtain a random link for every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for sites.
- Email hosting: a solution devoted to handling your email address accounts. Some suppliers provide web site hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an email solution. If you desire to keep a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can open e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video creates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a few videos and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have difficulty with your website hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will enable you to possess as many videos as you want to without hassling about system resources.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to own a website. To a certain extent, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting forms since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and email accounts, upload video clips, etc. At eTexHosting, for example, you can view web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that enable you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the standard email/file/video/image hosting plans that are designed for specific content exclusively.