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Categories of hosting solutions

A hosting service includes hoarding and/or sharing given web content on a web server managed by a hosting vendor. There are various varieties of hosting services utilized for different goals, so let's have a peek at them. Doing so, you can conclude what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to set up a web site, e-mail aliases, or to share files with pals and associates.

- File hosting: a solution supplied by various file storage providers, which lets you share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. As soon as 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 roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting packages often include ads next to the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a certain stretch of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file storage package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is an entirely inappropriate interpretation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would split the workload between independent bunches of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different web hosting services (email, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a sort of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain firms provide a hosting service for pictures solely. This hosting type is good if you wish to share a great amount of pics with friends or partners since the solution is generally free of charge. You will obtain 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 service cannot be used for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to administering your e-mailbox accounts. Some vendors offer site hosting solutions for websites, but do not supply an email service. If you desire to set up an email address with your domain name but do not wish to run a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can set up email accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video files. 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 elsewhere. The advantage of using this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video generates a given amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred viewers, you may have difficulty with your webspace hosting reserves. Embedding the video will allow you to keep as many video clips as you desire without bothering about system resources.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to run a site. To some extent, it embodies all of the aforesaid hosting kinds since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and email box accounts, upload video files, and so on. At LIVING-NETWORK, for instance, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated server hosting services that permit you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be restrictions based on the form of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the typical email/file/video/image hosting packages that are planned for specific content only.