Kinds of hosting services
A hosting service implies stashing and/or sharing certain content on a web server hosted by a hosting vendor. There are various kinds of hosting services used for different purposes, so let's take a glance at them. Thus, you can decide what you need, on the basis of whether you desire to establish a web site, email addresses, or to share files with pals and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution provided by given file storage providers, which allows you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole designation is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a list 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 packages often involve advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given period of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.
At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is an entirely fallacious interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would distribute the workload between autonomous stacks of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving various web hosting services (email, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a kind of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; some vendors provide a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting type is appropriate if you want to share a vast number of pics with friends or partners since the service is commonly free of cost. You will receive a random link for every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for websites.
- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to managing your emails. Some providers provide web page hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you desire to get an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to run a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can set up email box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of video clips and a few hundred site viewers, you may have a problem with your site hosting quotas. Embedding the video will permit you to possess as many video clips as you want without worrying about system supplies.
- Web hosting: this is the service that you need if you would like to possess a web site. To some extent, it includes all of the aforesaid hosting sorts since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and e-mail aliases, upload video files, etc. At HostInfinity, for example, you can examine web hosting and dedicated hosting services that enable you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in a single place. There may be limits based on the form of hosting solution that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting package may be better or worse compared to the conventional e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are created for specific web content only.