Kinds of hosting solutions
A hosting solution is associated with saving and/or sharing specific content on a web server hosted by a web hosting supplier. There are different kinds of hosting services used for different purposes, so let's take a gaze at these. Doing so, you can decide what you want, depending on whether you desire to run a web page, e-mail address accounts, or to share files with comrades and partners.
- File hosting: a service provided by given file storage providers, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not support 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 see an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage solutions are often supported by showing adverts beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a given amount of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly fallacious explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allocate the tasks at hand between independent hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different webspace hosting services (email, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a brand of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific vendors offer a hosting service for images solely. This hosting variant is good if you wish to share an immense quantity of images with friends or colleagues since the service is generally free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each and every 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 websites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to handling your mail addresses. Some providers offer web space hosting solutions for sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you desire to possess an email address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can set up e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video clip brings about a given amount of CPU load, so with a couple of video clips and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your site hosting supplies. Embedding the video clip will enable you to utilize as many video files as you want to without worrying about system quotas.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to run a website. To some extent, it encompasses all of the aforesaid hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can have databases and email address accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Incite Graphics, for instance, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that permit you to get all of the abovementioned services in one single place. There may be restrictions depending on the type of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the conventional email/file/video/image hosting plans that are purposed for specific web content solely.