Kinds of hosting services
A hosting service implies keeping and/or sharing particular content on a server administered by a hosting company. There are different sorts of hosting services used for different ends, so let's take a glance at these. In that way, you can determine what you want, based on whether you'd like to run a site, email address accounts, or to share files with chums and associates.
- File hosting: a service supplied by some vendors, which enables you to share immense files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php website files in your browser. Free file storage packages often include adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a given amount of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly inappropriate interpretation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allocate the workload between separate packs of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending miscellaneous web hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a variety of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain vendors offer a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting brand is suitable if you would like to share an immense quantity of pics with chums or acquaintances since the solution is usually free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every 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 service cannot be utilized for web sites.
- Email hosting: a service dedicated to administering your e-mail aliases. Some suppliers offer web page hosting solutions for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail solution. If you want to keep a mail address with your domain name but do not want to run a site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can open email 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 servers.
- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video file, 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 file in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and a few hundred viewers, you may have difficulty with your webspace hosting reserves. Embedding the video will permit you to keep as many videos as you want without bothering about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you would like to keep a web site. To some extent, it includes all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and mails, upload video clips, and so on. At Exclusive Hosting, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that permit you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be limits depending on the form of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting package may be better or worse compared to the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are made for specific content solely.