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Classes of hosting services

A hosting solution appertains to stockpiling and/or sharing particular web content on a server managed by a web hosting distributor. There are various varieties of hosting services used for different ends, so let's survey them. In this way, you can decide what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to create a web page, e-mailbox accounts, or to share files with comrades and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution provided by given hosts, which permits you to share immense files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole goal is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see an index of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage packages often involve ads next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a particular spell of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file hosting plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly unsuitable interpretation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would assign the workload between autonomous bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various web site hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a type of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given distributors offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting kind is appropriate if you wish to share a big amount of pics with buddies or colleagues since the service is commonly free. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for web pages.

- Email hosting: a solution devoted to taking care of your email addresses. Some corporations provide web hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an email service. If you want to open an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to have a web site, then the e-mail 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 email servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video brings about a given amount of CPU load, so with several video files and several hundred web page visitors, you may have a hard time with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video will permit you to have as many video clips as you wish without worrying about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to keep a web site. To some extent, it embodies all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload video clips, etc. At AfterHost, for instance, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that permit you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be limits depending on the kind of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting plan may be better or worse juxtaposed to the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are meant for specific web content only.