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Sorts of hosting services

A hosting service pertains to hoarding and/or sharing certain web content on a server hosted by a website hosting supplier. There are various forms of hosting services used for various ends, so let's review these. Thus, you can decide what you need, based on whether you wish to launch a web portal, emails, or to share files with buddies and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution delivered by particular web hosts, which enables you to share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only function is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage packages are frequently supported by showing ads next to the download links, while a timer forces you to await a certain stretch of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly false explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allot the tasks at hand between individual groups of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different webspace hosting services (email, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a type of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain vendors provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting type is appropriate if you desire to share a large quantity of pics with chums or acquaintances since the service is mostly free of charge. You will receive a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for websites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your mailbox accounts. Some firms provide web page hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail solution. If you would like to set up an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to have a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can open mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with a few video files and several hundred web site viewers, you may have a problem with your website hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will allow you to operate as many video files as you want without bothering about system resources.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to possess a site. To a certain extent, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting forms since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can set up databases and e-mails, upload videos, etc. At Cowles Hosting, for example, you can view web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one location. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your site hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are meant for specific content solely.