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Kinds of hosting services

A hosting service appertains to hoarding and/or sharing particular content on a hosting server administered by a hosting company. There are various forms of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's take a glance at them. In this way, you can decide what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to have a site, email aliases, or to share files with buddies and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by particular web hosts, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage plans are frequently supported by showing advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a particular spell of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file hosting package, 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.

Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a totally incorrect explanation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would apportion the workload between separate bunches of servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various site hosting services (email, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a sort of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given corporations provide a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting variant is appropriate if you wish to share a great amount of pictures with friends or partners since the service is usually free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each pic 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 used for sites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to administering your e-mail box accounts. Some vendors provide web page hosting services for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail hosting service. If you want to possess an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can set up e-mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video brings about a certain amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a problem with your web site hosting supplies. Embedding the video will enable you to own as many video clips as you wish without hassling about system supplies.

- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you desire to run a site. To some extent, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting kinds since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and mail accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Soho Hosting, for example, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that enable you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the normal email/file/video/image hosting packages that are made for specific web content only.