Kinds of hosting services
A hosting solution means hoarding and/or sharing specific content on a server managed by a hosting provider. There are various forms of hosting services used for various ends, so let's explore these. In that way, you can choose what you want, depending on whether you wish to build a web page, email accounts, or to share files with buddies and acquaintances.
- File hosting: a service provided by particular firms, which enables you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain 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 not be able to see .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free file hosting plans are frequently supported by showing adverts beside the download links, while a timer compels you to await a specific spell of time to perceive 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 at once, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is an entirely erroneous interpretation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would divide the tasks at hand between autonomous stacks of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving various hosting services (email, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a sort of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific firms provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting brand is good if you want to share a huge amount of pictures with friends or partners since the service is mostly free. You will obtain a random link for every image 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 web sites.
- Email hosting: a solution committed to handling your e-mail box accounts. Some providers offer webspace hosting services for sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you wish to set up an email address with your domain name but do not desire to own a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can open e-mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video files and several hundred website visitors, you may have difficulty with your webspace hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will enable you to keep as many video clips as you desire without worrying about system resources.
- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to keep a website. To a certain extent, it encompasses all of the abovementioned hosting varieties since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and emails, upload video files, etc. At Xgen Hosting, for instance, you can examine web hosting and dedicated web hosting solutions that permit you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one location. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are made for specific web content exclusively.