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Classes of hosting services

A hosting solution is associated with stashing and/or sharing given content on a server administered by a hosting provider. There are various categories of hosting services used for different ends, so let's have a peek at these. Thus, you can elect what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to launch a site, mailbox accounts, or to share files with friends and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service provided by some firms, which enables you to share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage services frequently involve advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to await a certain interval of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a totally fallacious interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would assign the tasks at hand between autonomous stacks of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous web page hosting services (electronic mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a type of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; certain suppliers offer a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you wish to share a big quantity of pictures with mates or acquaintances since the solution is commonly free of charge. You will receive a random link for each 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 service cannot be utilized for web sites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your e-mail aliases. Some vendors offer hosting services for sites, but do not supply an email hosting service. If you desire to own an email address with your domain name but do not wish to possess a web site, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can set up email mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file generates a specific amount of CPU load, so with a couple of video files and a few hundred viewers, you may have trouble with your web page hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will permit you to possess as many video clips as you desire without hassling about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you desire to possess a website. To a certain degree, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting forms since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can create databases and mail aliases, upload videos, etc. At Duty Free Hosting, for instance, you can take a gaze at web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that allow you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the type of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting account may be better or worse compared with the normal email/file/video/image hosting plans that are intended for specific content solely.