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Classes of hosting services

A hosting service means stashing and/or sharing particular web content on a hosting server hosted by a hosting supplier. There are different varieties of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's explore them. Thus, you can elect what you want, based on whether you desire to build a site, mailbox accounts, or to share files with chums and partners.

- File hosting: a solution offered by certain firms, which permits you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only purpose is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey a list of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage accounts are often supported by showing adverts by the download links, while a timer forces you to await a particular stretch of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a totally mistaken interpretation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would divide the load between different packs of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different web site hosting services (mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a kind of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given suppliers offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting kind is good if you would like to share an immense quantity of pics with comrades or associates since the solution is usually free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to handling your email aliases. Some suppliers offer web site hosting solutions for web pages, but do not supply an email service. If you wish to open a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to possess a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can set up email address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video clip, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a few videos and a few hundred site viewers, you may have trouble with your webspace hosting supplies. Embedding the video clip will allow you to administer as many video files as you want to without bothering about system resources.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you would like to keep a site. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting sorts since, along with your web pages, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video files, etc. At HMD Site Works, for example, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that permit you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one location. There may be limits based on the type of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are intended for specific web content exclusively.