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Groups of hosting solutions

A hosting solution applies to keeping and/or sharing given web content on a hosting server administered by a web hosting company. There are various classes of hosting services utilized for various ends, so let's take a peek at them. Thus, you can pick what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to have a web portal, mails, or to share files with chums and associates.

- File hosting: a service made available by given companies, which allows you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, 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 offer site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting accounts frequently involve advertisements beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a particular interval of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a totally unsuitable interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would assign the workload between independent packs of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous hosting services (mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a type of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; some suppliers provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting brand is good if you desire to share a big quantity of pictures with buddies or acquaintances since the service is typically free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for websites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to taking care of your electronic mail accounts. Some corporations offer site hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an email service. If you want to own a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to run a website, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can set up email accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service 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 a certain video, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video creates a specific amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and several hundred web site visitors, you may have a problem with your web hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to keep as many videos as you want without worrying about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to run a site. To a certain extent, it contains all of the aforesaid hosting groups since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and mails, upload video clips, etc. At Free Hostia, for example, you can view web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that enable you to get all of the abovementioned services in one location. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting account may be better or worse compared with the typical email/file/video/image hosting packages that are conceived for specific web content exclusively.