Kinds of hosting services
A hosting solution is related to saving and/or sharing specific content on a server hosted by a web hosting company. There are different classes of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's have a glimpse at these. In that way, you can determine what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to create a web portal, email address accounts, or to share files with chums and acquaintances.
- File hosting: a solution distributed by various vendors, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, films, 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 support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting packages often involve advertisements beside the download links, while a timer makes you await a particular spell of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you run a paid file storage plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a completely imprecise explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would share the workload between different bunches of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous webspace hosting services (mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a variety of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; some firms offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting type is good if you would like to share a big number of pics with buddies or partners since the solution is usually free of cost. You will receive a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to handling your emails. Some companies offer website hosting services for web pages, but do not provide an email hosting solution. If you want to own an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a web site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video creates a given amount of CPU load, so with a few video files and several hundred visitors, you may have a hard time with your site hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will allow you to run as many videos as you want without worrying about system quotas.
- Website hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to keep a website. To a certain degree, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting groups since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and mail aliases, upload video clips, etc. At Boulter Hosting, for example, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated server hosting services that permit you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limits based on the form of hosting service that you've picked - 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 compared with the typical e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are planned for specific web content exclusively.