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Sorts of hosting services

A hosting service pertains to keeping and/or sharing specific web content on a web server managed by a web hosting distributor. There are various sorts of hosting services utilized for various purposes, so let's take a peek at them. In this way, you can pick what you need, depending on whether you desire to create a site, mail aliases, or to share files with comrades and partners.

- File hosting: a service provided by certain providers, which permits you to share big files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php website files in your browser. Free file storage packages are often supported by exhibiting ads next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a given period of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely fallacious explanation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would assign the tasks at hand between autonomous groups of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending miscellaneous web site hosting services (email, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a brand of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given companies offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting type is good if you wish to share a great quantity of pics with pals or associates since the solution is usually free. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- Email hosting: a solution committed to handling your email mailbox accounts. Some suppliers provide web hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an email hosting service. If you desire to open an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can open mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file produces a given amount of CPU load, so with a few video files and several hundred site visitors, you may have difficulty with your webspace hosting supplies. Embedding the video will allow you to keep as many video clips as you wish without worrying about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to own a website. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforesaid hosting sorts since, along with your web pages, you can also host pics and files, you can create databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Host Gate, for instance, you can take a glance at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that permit you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the regular e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are purposed for particular content solely.