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Varieties of hosting solutions

A hosting service implies storing and/or sharing particular web content on a hosting server managed by a hosting vendor. There are various varieties of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's have a glimpse at these. Thus, you can choose what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to build a web site, e-mail accounts, or to share files with chums and partners.

- File hosting: a service distributed by particular hosts, which permits you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only goal is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally 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 view .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free file storage accounts are often supported by exhibiting advertisements next to the download links, while a timer forces you to await a particular stretch of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting retailers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely fallacious explanation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allocate the load between independent hosts of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving different site hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a kind of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given firms provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting type is good if you would like to share a great quantity of pictures with comrades or partners since the service is commonly free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for web sites.

- Email hosting: a solution committed to administering your electronic mail accounts. Some corporations offer hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an email service. If you would like to run an email address with your domain name but do not want to possess a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can create e-mail box 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 servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this method instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video file creates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a few video files and a few hundred site visitors, you may have difficulty with your web site hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to operate as many video clips as you desire without bothering about system supplies.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to possess a website. To some extent, it incorporates all of the aforesaid hosting varieties since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and email addresses, upload videos, etc. At DLive, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that enable you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in one place. There may be limits based on the kind of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting package may be better or worse compared to the typical email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are intended for particular web content only.