Types of hosting services
A hosting solution implies keeping and/or sharing particular web content on a web server managed by a hosting company. There are various classes of hosting services used for different ends, so let's take a gaze at them. Doing so, you can determine what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to set up a site, email mailbox accounts, or to share files with pals and associates.
- File hosting: a solution provided by given vendors, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not offer website 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 examine an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage solutions frequently include ads beside the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a particular span of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits 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.
Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a totally fallacious explanation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would split the tasks at hand between autonomous stacks of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending various website hosting services (email, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a type of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; some distributors provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting kind is suitable if you wish to share a vast number of pics with mates or partners since the service is usually free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to handling your e-mail aliases. Some firms offer site hosting services for sites, but do not provide an email hosting service. If you desire to own an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to have a website, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can set up e-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 mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip creates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a couple of video files and a few hundred visitors, you may have a hard time with your web page hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will enable you to manage as many videos as you would like without worrying about system reserves.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you desire to keep a website. To some degree, it encompasses all of the aforementioned hosting categories since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can set up databases and mail address accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Cotant Hosting, for example, you can take a gaze at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that enable you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web site hosting account may be better or worse compared with the conventional email/file/video/image hosting packages that are purposed for particular content exclusively.