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Categories of hosting services

A hosting service entails hoarding and/or sharing specific web content on a server hosted by a website hosting distributor. There are various sorts of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's have a look at these. Thus, you can determine what you want, based on whether you desire to establish a weblog, mail addresses, or to share files with mates and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service distributed by some web hosts, which permits you to share large files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created 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 view .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting plans are frequently supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a specific spell of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly improper interpretation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would share the load between separate groups of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different web hosting services (mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a sort of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; specific companies provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting type is suitable if you would like to share a large amount of images with friends or acquaintances since the solution is usually free of cost. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to administering your emails. Some providers provide website hosting solutions for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you desire to open an email address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a website, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can open mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video clip creates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of video clips and a few hundred website viewers, you may have a problem with your web hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will allow you to have as many video clips as you would like without bothering about system supplies.

- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to own a website. To some extent, it incorporates all of the aforesaid hosting kinds since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and email accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At smarthouse, for instance, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that permit you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one place. There may be limitations based on the kind 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 space hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the ordinary e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are made for specific content exclusively.