Forms of hosting services
A hosting solution concerns hoarding and/or sharing specific web content on a web server hosted by a web hosting vendor. There are different sorts of hosting services utilized for various purposes, so let's have a glimpse at them. Thus, you can choose what you need, depending on whether you'd like to have a blog, e-mailbox accounts, or to share files with pals and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution provided by some firms, which enables you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only goal is to share files, since it does not offer 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 read a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions are often supported by displaying adverts beside the download links, while a timer compels you to await a given stretch of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file storage plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly inappropriate interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would assign the tasks at hand between individual groups of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving various web hosting services (email, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is just a variety of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: close to file hosting; specific vendors offer a hosting service for pictures solely. This hosting type is good if you wish to share a vast number of pictures with comrades or acquaintances since the service is mostly free. You will receive a randomly generated link for every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for websites.
- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to handling your mail address accounts. Some companies offer web site hosting services for sites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting service. If you desire to set up a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can set up email box accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a given video file, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video brings about a certain amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video files and a few hundred website viewers, you may have difficulty with your web site hosting supplies. Embedding the video clip will allow you to own as many videos as you desire without worrying about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you would like to have a website. To some extent, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and email addresses, upload video clips, and so on. At WebSoft Solutions, for example, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that allow you to have all of the aforesaid services in a single location. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the routine email/file/video/image hosting plans that are made for specific content only.