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Forms of hosting services

A hosting solution is related to stashing and/or sharing certain content on a web hosting server hosted by a website hosting provider. There are different varieties of hosting services utilized for various ends, so let's have a glance at them. In that way, you can conclude what you want, depending on whether you wish to create a web page, mail address accounts, or to share files with chums and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution provided by particular hosts, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage plans are frequently supported by displaying advertisements beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a specific interval of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file storage account, there are no restrictions 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.

These days, with the help of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a completely amiss interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allocate the workload between independent groups of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending various web site hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a type of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some vendors provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you would like to share a vast number of images with mates or acquaintances since the service is commonly free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for websites.

- Email hosting: a service committed to taking care of your mail addresses. Some suppliers provide web hosting solutions for sites, but do not supply an email hosting service. If you desire to get a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to possess a website, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can set up mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service involves 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 clip, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video file produces a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of video files and several hundred web page visitors, you may have trouble with your website hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will enable you to administer as many videos as you wish without hassling about system quotas.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you desire to possess a website. To a certain extent, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting types since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can run databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that enable you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in a single location. There may be restrictions depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've settled on - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting account may be better or worse compared with the routine e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are tailored for particular web content only.