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Types of hosting services

A hosting service is related to saving and/or sharing given web content on a web server handled by a web hosting supplier. There are different types of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glimpse at these. Thus, you can pick what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to build a website, mail addresses, or to share files with chums and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service distributed by some hosts, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single goal is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file storage accounts are often supported by showing ads next to the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a specific period of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file hosting plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a completely wrong explanation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would share the workload between independent stacks of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different webspace hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, webspace hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a kind of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some vendors provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting brand is good if you want to share a large quantity of pics with comrades or partners since the solution is commonly free of cost. You will obtain a random link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for web pages.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to administering your e-mail accounts. Some vendors provide web site hosting services for web pages, but do not offer an email 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 mail address 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 e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file generates a specific amount of CPU load, so with several videos and several hundred web site viewers, you may have trouble with your hosting resources. Embedding the video will permit you to administer as many video files as you want to without worrying about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to keep a web site. To some extent, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting kinds since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and e-mail accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Provident Host, for example, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that enable you to get all of the aforesaid services in one single place. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your hosting account may be better or worse compared with the normal email/file/video/image hosting packages that are devised for specific content solely.