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Types of hosting services

A hosting service involves saving and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server administered by a website hosting supplier. There are different types of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glimpse at these. Thus, you can pick what you want, based on whether you wish to build a website, e-mail aliases, or to share files with friends and associates.

- File hosting: a service distributed by various hosts, which enables you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a list of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage services are frequently supported by exhibiting advertisements next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a particular stretch of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally incorrect explanation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would split the load between autonomous groups of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending miscellaneous webspace hosting services (electronic mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a sort of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given providers provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is suitable if you want to share an immense quantity of images with pals or associates since the solution is typically free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to handling your email box accounts. Some suppliers offer site hosting solutions for web sites, but do not offer an e-mail service. If you wish to manage an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to have a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can open mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video clip creates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a few video clips and a few hundred web site visitors, you may have a problem with your web site hosting resources. Embedding the video will enable you to have as many videos as you would like without worrying about system supplies.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you would like to run a site. To a certain extent, it involves all of the abovementioned hosting forms since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and mailbox accounts, upload videos, etc. At ADIN Hosting, for example, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated server hosting solutions that allow you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the normal e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are intended for particular content exclusively.