Groups of hosting solutions
A hosting solution involves keeping and/or sharing certain content on a web server handled by a web hosting provider. There are different forms of hosting services used for various ends, so let's have a gaze at them. Thus, you can elect what you need, based on whether you'd like to have a blog, mail accounts, or to share files with buddies and acquaintances.
- File hosting: a service supplied by given web hosts, which allows you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage accounts are often supported by displaying ads by the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a certain span of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a completely false explanation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would apportion the load between independent hosts of servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous web page hosting services (email, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a kind of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some distributors provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you wish to share a large amount of pictures with buddies or colleagues since the service is typically free. You will receive a random link for each and every image 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 web pages.
- Email hosting: a service devoted to managing your mail address accounts. Some corporations provide web page hosting solutions for web pages, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you wish to possess a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you need. You can create electronic mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables 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 somewhere else. The benefit of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video file brings about a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a few videos and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have trouble with your web page hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to manage as many video clips as you wish without hassling about system reserves.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to own a site. To some extent, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting categories since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can run databases and mails, upload video files, and so on. At Hot Ginger Web Services, for example, you can examine web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that enable you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one single place. There may be restrictions based on the type of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the customary email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are made for particular content only.