Groups of hosting solutions
A hosting service refers to depositing and/or sharing particular web content on a server hosted by a hosting supplier. There are various varieties of hosting services used for different aims, so let's have a peek at these. Thus, you can conclude what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to establish a website, emails, or to share files with friends and partners.
- File hosting: a service distributed by some vendors, which lets you share big files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single function is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine an index 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 file hosting accounts are frequently supported by showing ads by the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a specific interval of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file storage package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a totally twisted interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allocate the load between separate hosts of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous webspace hosting services (email, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a type of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific corporations provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting kind is suitable if you desire to share a vast quantity of pics with pals or acquaintances since the service is mostly free. You will obtain a random link for each picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for web pages.
- Email hosting: a solution devoted to managing your electronic mail accounts. Some distributors provide webspace hosting services for web pages, but do not provide an email service. If you want to own an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can create e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video generates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and several hundred website visitors, you may have a hard time with your webspace hosting quotas. Embedding the video will allow you to use as many videos as you would like without hassling about system reserves.
- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to own a site. To a certain degree, it includes all of the abovementioned hosting forms since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and mail aliases, upload videos, and so on. At LiveFrog, for example, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated hosting solutions that permit you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be limits depending on the kind of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the ordinary email/file/video/image hosting plans that are planned for specific web content exclusively.