Categories of hosting solutions
A hosting solution refers to keeping and/or sharing specific content on a hosting server handled by a website hosting vendor. There are various sorts of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a gaze at them. In this way, you can conclude what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to create a website, email addresses, or to share files with chums and colleagues.
- File hosting: a service delivered by various companies, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single purpose is to share files, since it does not offer web 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 examine an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free file storage plans are often supported by showing adverts beside the download links, while a timer compels you to await a specific amount of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.
At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting retailers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly wrong explanation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would divide the workload between independent groups of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different webspace hosting services (email, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, webspace hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a brand of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given providers provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting brand is suitable if you would like to share a vast amount of pictures with comrades or partners since the solution is typically free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for web pages.
- Email hosting: a service dedicated to administering your mailbox accounts. Some providers offer site hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail solution. If you wish to possess an email address with your domain name but do not desire to have a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can set up email mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of utilizing this method in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video produces a certain amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and several hundred web page viewers, you may have trouble with your site hosting reserves. Embedding the video will permit you to possess as many video files as you want without worrying about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to have a web site. To a certain degree, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting sorts since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and mail accounts, upload video files, etc. At Electro-Host, for instance, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated hosting packages that enable you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limits based on the kind of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse compared to the common email/file/video/image hosting plans that are devised for specific web content exclusively.