Types of hosting services
A hosting service concerns hoarding and/or sharing specific web content on a hosting server hosted by a website hosting supplier. There are different categories of hosting services used for different ends, so let's have a glimpse at them. Thus, you can choose what you need, depending on whether you'd like to establish a weblog, email box accounts, or to share files with comrades and partners.
- File hosting: a service offered by some companies, which allows you to share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey a table of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting plans often involve ads next to the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a particular span of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.
At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchandisers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a completely mistaken interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would divide the load between individual packs of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different site hosting services (email, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a type of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some distributors offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is appropriate if you wish to share a large amount of pictures with pals or associates since the service is generally free of charge. You will get a random link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.
- Email hosting: a service dedicated to administering your email aliases. Some providers offer hosting services for web sites, but do not supply an email service. If you wish to get a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to own a web site, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can open email address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video creates a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and several hundred site viewers, you may have a problem with your website hosting quotas. Embedding the video will enable you to keep as many video files as you desire without worrying about system resources.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you would like to run a site. To a certain extent, it embodies all of the aforesaid hosting categories since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and mail addresses, upload videos, etc. At 50Webs Web Hosting, for example, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated server hosting solutions that permit you to get all of the aforesaid services in a single place. There may be restrictions based on the type of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse compared with the usual email/file/video/image hosting plans that are created for particular content only.