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What are Hosting Services?
A hosting service suggests stashing and/or sharing certain content on a server run by a hosting supplier. There are various categories of hosting services used for various aims, so let's have a look at these. In that way, you can elect what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to set up a weblog, emails, or to share files with friends and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution provided by some providers, which enables you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole objective is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting packages are often supported by displaying ads beside the download links, while a timer forces you to await a certain spell of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file hosting package, there are no restrictions 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.
At present, with the help of the cPanel web hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is an entirely mistaken explanation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud hosting environment would split the tasks at hand between individual bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending miscellaneous hosting services (email, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a sort of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some distributors offer a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting variant is good if you desire to share a large number of images with buddies or acquaintances since the solution is generally free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each and every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your e-mail box accounts. Some vendors offer hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you wish to own an email address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can set up e-mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domain. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a few videos and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have difficulty with your hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to have as many video clips as you want without bothering about system quotas.
- Hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to have a site. To a certain extent, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting sorts since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and email box accounts, upload video files, etc. At 29blue you can have a glimpse at shared hosting and dedicated server accounts that allow you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared web hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the common email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are devised for specific web content only.