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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting solution concerns depositing and/or sharing certain content on a hosting server handled by a hosting distributor. There are different classes of hosting services utilized for different purposes, so let's survey them. Thus, you can choose what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to own a site, e-mailbox accounts, or to share files with friends and associates.

- File hosting: a service provided by given hosts, which permits you to share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole goal is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an inventory 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 storage services are frequently supported by exhibiting ads by the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a specific spell of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get 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 limit when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a totally unsuitable explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would apportion the workload between individual stacks of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various web site hosting services (mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a sort of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given firms provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is appropriate if you desire to share a vast number of pictures with pals or associates since the solution is typically free. You will get a random link for each pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to managing your e-mailbox accounts. Some vendors provide web space hosting services for websites, but do not supply an email service. If you wish to set up an email address with your domain name but do not wish to run a website, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can open email box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video brings about a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several videos and several hundred web site visitors, you may have a problem with your web hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will permit you to run as many video clips as you wish without bothering about system supplies.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to possess a web site. To some degree, it encompasses all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can set up databases and mailbox accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At AfterHost, for example, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated hosting solutions that allow you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one location. There may be limitations depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the common email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are devised for specific content exclusively.