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Categories of hosting solutions

A hosting solution concerns keeping and/or sharing certain web content on a hosting server administered by a hosting vendor. There are various classes of hosting services used for various aims, so let's take a gaze at these. Thus, you can decide what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to set up a weblog, mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service furnished by given companies, which enables you to share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only function is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free file storage solutions are often supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a certain stretch of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file storage account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly improper interpretation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would assign the tasks at hand between autonomous hosts of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different web site hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a brand of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given vendors provide a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting type is suitable if you wish to share a large number of pics with buddies or associates since the solution is generally free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each image 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 committed to administering your e-mailbox accounts. Some distributors provide web site hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting service. If you would like to get a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can open mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this method instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a certain amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of videos and several hundred website visitors, you may have a problem with your web space hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will allow you to run as many videos as you desire without bothering about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to run a site. To a certain extent, it contains all of the aforementioned hosting groups since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and email box accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Ford Web Consulting, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that permit you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting account may be better or worse compared with the conventional email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are created for particular web content solely.