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Varieties of hosting services

A hosting service pertains to keeping and/or sharing given web content on a hosting server hosted by a hosting supplier. There are different kinds of hosting services utilized for different aims, so let's review these. Doing so, you can pick what you need, depending on whether you wish to launch a weblog, mails, or to share files with chums and associates.

- File hosting: a service provided by various providers, which enables you to share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, 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 support 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 view a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage accounts are frequently supported by displaying advertisements beside the download links, while a timer compels you to await a specific amount of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a totally incorrect interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would apportion the tasks at hand between independent sets of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different web page hosting services (electronic mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a brand of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; given suppliers offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is appropriate if you wish to share a vast amount of pictures with buddies or associates since the solution is commonly free. You will obtain a random link for each and every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to taking care of your e-mailbox accounts. Some providers offer web site hosting solutions for websites, but do not offer an email hosting solution. If you would like to possess a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to own a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can open e-mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file brings about a specific amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and several hundred site viewers, you may have a hard time with your web hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will allow you to have as many video files as you wish without worrying about system quotas.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you require if you desire to own a web site. To some extent, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting varieties since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and e-mail aliases, upload video clips, etc. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated web hosting solutions that allow you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limits based on the form of hosting solution that you've settled on - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the regular email/file/video/image hosting plans that are conceived for particular web content exclusively.