Categories of hosting solutions
A hosting service entails storing and/or sharing particular web content on a hosting server run by a hosting vendor. There are different forms of hosting services used for different goals, so let's take a glance at them. Thus, you can conclude what you want, based on whether you'd like to build a website, e-mail accounts, or to share files with friends and associates.
- File hosting: a solution made available by various firms, which lets you share bulky files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole objective is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created 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 not be able to see .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free file hosting accounts often include ads next to the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a certain span of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own 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.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is an entirely amiss explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would apportion the workload between independent sets of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving various web site hosting services (mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a sort of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some providers provide a hosting service for images exclusively. This hosting type is appropriate if you wish to share a vast amount of images with comrades or acquaintances since the service is usually free of charge. You will get a random link for each pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for websites.
- Email hosting: a service devoted to handling your mail aliases. Some providers provide web hosting solutions for web sites, but do not offer an email service. If you wish to launch a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to run a site, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can open e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video file brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video clips and a few hundred site viewers, you may have a hard time with your web page hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will enable you to use as many video clips as you want without hassling about system quotas.
- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you need if you desire to possess a website. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforesaid hosting categories since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and electronic mail accounts, upload videos, etc. At Titus Group - Web Hosting, for example, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated web hosting solutions that enable you to have all of the aforementioned services in a single location. There may be restrictions depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the routine e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are conceived for particular web content exclusively.