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Categories of hosting services

A hosting service appertains to depositing and/or sharing specific content on a web server run by a hosting distributor. There are various groups of hosting services used for different aims, so let's take a gaze at them. Doing so, you can determine what you need, depending on whether you'd like to create a blog, email aliases, or to share files with mates and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by given web hosts, which lets you share big files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not support website 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 read a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting accounts often involve ads beside the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a certain amount of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is an entirely inappropriate interpretation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would divide the workload between independent hosts of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various web page hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a type of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; given distributors provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting variant is suitable if you want to share a huge number of pics with buddies or associates since the service is usually free. You will receive a random 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 supported, so the solution cannot be used for web sites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to administering your mail addresses. Some corporations provide web page hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an email service. If you would like to create an email address with your domain name but do not wish to run a website, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can open email address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video generates a specific amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video clips and a few hundred viewers, you may have difficulty with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will allow you to run as many videos as you want to without bothering about system supplies.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you require if you would like to run a web site. To a certain extent, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and email mailbox accounts, upload video files, etc. At Free Hostia, for instance, you can observe web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one location. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the usual e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are planned for particular web content exclusively.