Groups of hosting solutions
A hosting service involves depositing and/or sharing certain content on a web server run by a website hosting vendor. There are different varieties of hosting services utilized for various ends, so let's explore them. Doing so, you can conclude what you need, based on whether you wish to own a web portal, emails, or to share files with pals and partners.
- File hosting: a solution distributed by particular hosts, which enables you to share immense files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single function is to share files, since it does not offer website 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 examine a list of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage packages often include adverts beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a specific amount of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file hosting plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely erroneous explanation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would allot the load between individual stacks of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various web space hosting services (mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a kind of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; some corporations provide a hosting service for images exclusively. This hosting kind is suitable if you desire to share a vast number of pics with friends or acquaintances since the solution is mostly free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for web sites.
- Email hosting: a solution committed to taking care of your e-mail aliases. Some distributors offer webspace hosting solutions for web sites, but do not offer an e-mail hosting service. If you want to run an email address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can set up email address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video clip creates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred web page visitors, you may have a problem with your web space hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will enable you to keep as many video files as you would like without bothering about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to keep a website. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting types since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and mail address accounts, upload videos, etc. At Exclusive Hosting, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that allow you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in a single place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the common email/file/video/image hosting plans that are created for particular web content exclusively.