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Forms of hosting solutions

A hosting solution implies storing and/or sharing given content on a hosting server run by a web hosting vendor. There are different categories of hosting services utilized for different purposes, so let's review these. Doing so, you can pick what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to own a web portal, email addresses, or to share files with buddies and partners.

- File hosting: a service distributed by particular web hosts, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey 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 often include advertisements beside the download links, while a timer compels you to await a given period of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you own a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is an entirely inaccurate explanation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allot the workload between autonomous sets of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different web hosting services (mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a sort of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some distributors provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting type is suitable if you wish to share a huge number of pictures with comrades or partners since the solution is mostly free of charge. You will get a random link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for web sites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to managing your email addresses. Some suppliers offer web space hosting services for websites, but do not provide an e-mail solution. If you would like to get a mail address with your domain name but do not want to run a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can open electronic mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this approach instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a few video clips and a few hundred website visitors, you may have difficulty with your hosting supplies. Embedding the video will enable you to administer as many videos as you desire without worrying about system resources.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to own a site. To some extent, it comprises all of the aforesaid hosting brands since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and e-mails, upload videos, etc. At Free Hostia, for instance, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated hosting accounts that allow you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the usual email/file/video/image hosting packages that are intended for particular content only.