Types of hosting solutions
A hosting service is related to stashing and/or sharing particular web content on a server hosted by a hosting vendor. There are different classes of hosting services used for different goals, so let's take a look at them. Doing so, you can determine what you need, on the basis of whether you desire to set up a web site, mail addresses, or to share files with friends and partners.
- File hosting: a service delivered by certain web hosts, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only objective is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. The moment 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 roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting accounts often involve adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a particular stretch of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting account, 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 present, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally inapt explanation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would divide the tasks at hand between independent bunches of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different hosting services (email, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a kind of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific suppliers offer a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting type is appropriate if you wish to share an enormous quantity of images with chums or associates since the solution is mostly free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for every picture 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 sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to taking care of your email address accounts. Some providers offer web site hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an e-mail hosting service. If you want to own a mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a site, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can set up mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video creates a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and a few hundred web site viewers, you may have a hard time with your web site hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will enable you to keep as many video files as you wish without worrying about system reserves.
- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to possess a web site. To a certain extent, it includes all of the aforesaid hosting forms since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and e-mails, upload videos, and so on. At Wantok Web Hosting, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that allow you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the type of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the usual email/file/video/image hosting packages that are intended for particular content exclusively.