Types of hosting services
A hosting service applies to depositing and/or sharing specific content on a web server hosted by a website hosting provider. There are different varieties of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's review these. In that way, you can choose what you want, based on whether you'd like to build a web page, e-mails, or to share files with buddies and associates.
- File hosting: a solution provided by various file storage providers, which allows 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 single goal is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting plans are often supported by showing ads beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a given period of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly untrue interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would apportion the workload between autonomous bunches of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous website hosting services (email, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a brand of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; certain companies provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting brand is suitable if you would like to share a vast quantity of pics with pals or partners since the solution is generally free of charge. You will receive a random link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for websites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to taking care of your e-mail aliases. Some distributors offer web site hosting services for websites, but do not supply an email service. If you wish to have a mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can open email address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this method instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video creates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and several hundred website visitors, you may have difficulty with your web hosting supplies. Embedding the video clip will permit you to possess as many video clips as you want without worrying about system quotas.
- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to possess a site. To a certain degree, it involves all of the aforementioned hosting varieties since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and e-mail accounts, upload video files, etc. At UBE, Inc. Hosting & Web Services, for example, you can take a glance at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting packages that enable you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in a single location. There may be restrictions based on the type 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 website hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the regular email/file/video/image hosting packages that are devised for specific content exclusively.