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Kinds of hosting solutions

A hosting solution appertains to stashing and/or sharing certain web content on a web server handled by a web hosting vendor. There are different types of hosting services used for various aims, so let's study them. In this way, you can determine what you want, depending on whether you wish to have a blog, e-mail accounts, or to share files with chums and associates.

- File hosting: a service furnished by given firms, which permits you to share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an index of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting services are often supported by exhibiting adverts next to the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a certain span of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limit when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a totally incorrect interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would divide the workload between different packs of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different web space hosting services (mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is only a type of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given companies offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting variant is good if you want to share a big amount of pics with comrades or acquaintances since the service is typically free of cost. You will receive a randomly generated link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to handling your mails. Some vendors provide web hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an email solution. If you desire to possess an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to own a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you need. You can create mailbox accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this method instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a handful of videos and a few hundred website visitors, you may have difficulty with your site hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will enable you to have as many video files as you would like without hassling about system quotas.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to possess a web site. To some extent, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting kinds since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and email addresses, upload video clips, and so on. At System X Designs, for instance, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated server hosting solutions that allow you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in a single location. There may be restrictions based on the kind of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse compared to the normal e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are conceived for specific web content exclusively.