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Categories of hosting solutions

A hosting service pertains to stashing and/or sharing certain content on a server administered by a web hosting company. There are various categories of hosting services used for various aims, so let's survey these. Thus, you can determine what you need, based on whether you desire to launch a web portal, mail addresses, or to share files with buddies and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by some hosts, which lets you share enormous files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single function is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage packages often include adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a certain span of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction 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 modish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely incorrect explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would divide the load between independent sets of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous hosting services (mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is just a type of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific distributors provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting variant is good if you would like to share an immense number of pics with buddies or acquaintances since the service is commonly free of cost. You will receive a randomly generated link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for web pages.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to managing your e-mail accounts. Some companies provide webspace hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you would like to create a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to own a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can open mailbox accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video creates a given amount of CPU load, so with a few videos and several hundred web page visitors, you may have difficulty with your web space hosting supplies. Embedding the video will allow you to administer as many videos as you would like without bothering about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to keep a site. To a certain degree, it includes all of the abovementioned hosting brands since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and mail aliases, upload videos, etc. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that allow you to have all of the aforesaid services in a single place. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the regular e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are tailored for specific content only.