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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting service is connected with storing and/or sharing particular web content on a web server managed by a web hosting company. There are different varieties of hosting services utilized for different purposes, so let's survey them. Doing so, you can determine what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to own a web portal, mailbox accounts, or to share files with buddies and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service distributed by certain web hosts, which permits you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free file hosting services frequently include adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a particular stretch of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely wrong explanation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would apportion the load between independent groups of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various site hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a variety of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given companies offer a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting variant is suitable if you wish to share a huge amount of pictures with mates or partners since the solution is typically free. You will get a randomly generated link for each 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 used for websites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to handling your email mailbox accounts. Some providers provide web page hosting services for sites, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you would like to keep a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can open e-mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video file, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with a few videos and several hundred site visitors, you may have a hard time with your web page hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will permit you to utilize as many video files as you want without worrying about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to own a site. To some degree, it involves all of the aforementioned hosting varieties since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and e-mail addresses, upload video files, and so on. At ThouHost, for example, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limitations depending on the sort of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the ordinary e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are created for particular web content solely.