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Groups of hosting solutions

A hosting service entails keeping and/or sharing given web content on a web server hosted by a website hosting vendor. There are various forms of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's explore these. In this way, you can decide what you need, depending on whether you desire to own a web page, e-mail aliases, or to share files with pals and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service distributed by various file storage providers, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole objective is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage services are frequently supported by showing adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a particular stretch of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you have a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit in regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly inappropriate explanation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would split the tasks at hand between independent stacks of servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending miscellaneous website hosting services (email, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a kind of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some firms provide a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting brand is appropriate if you would like to share a large number of images with chums or associates since the service is generally free. You will obtain a random link for each and every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web pages.

- Email hosting: a solution devoted to tackling your mail address accounts. Some companies provide web hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you wish to own an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you need. You can set up email mailbox accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video clip, or you can embed the video in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video brings about a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with a few video files and a few hundred site viewers, you may have a hard time with your web hosting supplies. Embedding the video will allow you to utilize as many videos as you desire without hassling about system quotas.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to keep a site. To a certain degree, it embodies all of the abovementioned hosting kinds since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload videos, and so on. At HostAWeb, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that allow you to get all of the aforesaid services in a single location. There may be restrictions depending on the form of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting account may be better or worse compared with the regular email/file/video/image hosting packages that are made for particular web content solely.