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Forms of hosting services

A hosting service pertains to keeping and/or sharing given content on a server run by a web hosting supplier. There are different types of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's have a gaze at these. In that way, you can choose what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to build a weblog, mailbox accounts, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a solution provided by given file storage providers, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its single designation is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free file hosting accounts are often supported by exhibiting advertisements next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a certain amount of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally inappropriate interpretation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would allocate the tasks at hand between separate stacks of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous webspace hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a kind of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given firms provide a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting type is suitable if you would like to share a huge quantity of pics with chums or acquaintances since the service is mostly free. You will obtain a random link for every pic 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 used for websites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to tackling your email accounts. Some distributors provide hosting solutions for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you would like to run an email address with your domain name but do not desire to possess a web site, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can create electronic mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and a few hundred website viewers, you may have a problem with your webspace hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to have as many video files as you desire without hassling about system supplies.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to keep a web site. To a certain extent, it incorporates all of the aforesaid hosting varieties since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and email accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Saint Hosting, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated server hosting plans that permit you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single location. There may be limitations based on the type of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting plan may be better or worse juxtaposed to the regular e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are devised for particular content only.