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Types of hosting solutions

A hosting service pertains to keeping and/or sharing specific web content on a server managed by a web hosting distributor. There are various forms of hosting services used for different aims, so let's have a glimpse at them. In that way, you can decide what you need, on the basis of whether you desire to own a weblog, e-mail aliases, or to share files with mates and associates.

- File hosting: a service distributed by given hosts, which allows you to share big files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole designation is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting solutions are frequently supported by showing ads next to the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a given spell of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you run a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limit in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally twisted interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would allocate the workload between individual packs of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a sort of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some corporations provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting variant is suitable if you wish to share a large number of pictures with friends or associates since the service is typically free of cost. You will receive 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 compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to administering your email address accounts. Some providers offer web hosting solutions for sites, but do not offer an email hosting service. If you want to run an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can open e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a specific video file, 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 in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a specific amount of CPU load, so with a couple of video clips and a few hundred web site viewers, you may have a problem with your hosting reserves. Embedding the video will allow you to have as many video files as you wish without worrying about system quotas.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to possess a website. To a certain degree, it embodies all of the aforesaid hosting groups since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can create databases and email aliases, upload video files, etc. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can take a gaze at web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that permit you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single place. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse compared to the regular e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are devised for specific web content only.