Kinds of hosting services
A hosting solution is associated with hoarding and/or sharing given content on a web server administered by a web hosting distributor. There are different categories of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's take a glimpse at them. In that way, you can conclude what you want, depending on whether you desire to launch a web portal, mail aliases, or to share files with comrades and associates.
- File hosting: a solution supplied by various providers, which permits you to share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only objective 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 see a list of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting plans are often supported by exhibiting advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a specific span of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.
These days, with the help of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly incongruous interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would share the tasks at hand between individual sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different web site hosting services (mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a variety of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; some companies provide a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting kind is suitable if you desire to share a great amount of pics with pals or associates since the solution is usually free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to handling your email box accounts. Some distributors offer webspace hosting solutions for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail solution. If you desire to get a mail address with your domain name but do not want to run a website, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can create e-mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video brings about a given amount of CPU load, so with a few video clips and several hundred web site visitors, you may have a problem with your web page hosting quotas. Embedding the video will enable you to run as many videos as you wish without hassling about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you wish to keep a site. To a certain extent, it encompasses all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and email address accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Lonex, for example, you can observe web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that allow you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting account may be better or worse compared with the customary email/file/video/image hosting plans that are planned for particular content exclusively.