Classes of hosting solutions
A hosting solution means storing and/or sharing particular content on a web hosting server hosted by a website hosting company. There are various categories of hosting services used for different ends, so let's survey these. In this way, you can choose what you need, on the basis of whether you desire to establish a website, e-mail addresses, or to share files with chums and colleagues.
- File hosting: a service offered by various file storage providers, which lets you share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting plans often include ads next to the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given spell of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely false interpretation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would assign the load between individual stacks of servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving different web hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a variety of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain corporations offer a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting brand is good if you desire to share a huge amount of pictures with mates or colleagues since the solution is usually free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your e-mail addresses. Some vendors offer hosting services for web pages, but do not offer an email hosting service. If you desire to keep an email address with your domain name but do not want to have a site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can create e-mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution permits 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 elsewhere. The benefit of using this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video creates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a few videos and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a hard time with your site hosting supplies. Embedding the video will enable you to utilize as many video clips as you want to without bothering about system supplies.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you desire to have a web site. To some degree, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and mail aliases, upload videos, etc. At Web Hosting Giants, for instance, you can see web hosting and dedicated web server hosting packages that allow you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limitations depending on the type of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting package may be better or worse compared with the usual e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are purposed for specific content only.