Types of hosting solutions
A hosting solution includes storing and/or sharing particular web content on a web hosting server administered by a web hosting vendor. There are different varieties of hosting services used for various ends, so let's have a look at them. Doing so, you can elect what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to set up a web portal, e-mail accounts, or to share files with friends and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution made available by various companies, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php website files in your browser. Free file hosting services are often supported by displaying adverts by the download links, while a timer makes you await a certain period of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limit in regard to the download speed or the file size.
At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally distorted interpretation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allot the load between separate groups of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different web page hosting services (email, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a variety of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific companies offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting kind is suitable if you wish to share a vast quantity of pics with comrades or partners since the service is usually free. You will receive a random link for each image 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 websites.
- Email hosting: a solution dedicated to managing your email accounts. Some corporations provide site hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an email service. If you desire to launch an email address with your domain name but do not desire to possess a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can open email box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video generates a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of videos and a few hundred viewers, you may have a problem with your web site hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to operate as many videos as you desire without bothering about system quotas.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you desire to possess a site. To a certain degree, it includes all of the aforesaid hosting sorts since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and mail aliases, upload videos, etc. At Web Hosting Giants, for instance, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting accounts that permit you to get all of the aforementioned services in a single location. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting account may be better or worse compared to the common email/file/video/image hosting packages that are conceived for specific content only.