Classes of hosting services

A hosting service applies to stockpiling and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server run by a hosting company. There are different categories of hosting services utilized for various goals, so let's have a glance at these. In this way, you can pick what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to build a blog, mailbox accounts, or to share files with mates and partners.

- File hosting: a service furnished by various vendors, which allows you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only function is to share files, since it does not offer 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 read an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions are often supported by exhibiting ads next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a certain stretch of time to see them. A given 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 at once, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a totally improper explanation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would apportion the tasks at hand between autonomous hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving various website hosting services (electronic mail, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is only a brand of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; given providers provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting kind is good if you wish to share an immense number of pictures with friends or acquaintances since the service is commonly free of cost. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service committed to managing your e-mail accounts. Some distributors offer hosting services for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail hosting solution. If you would like to own an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to run a site, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can set up email box accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video file brings about a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of video clips and several hundred viewers, you may have a hard time with your hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will enable you to own as many videos as you want without worrying about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to possess a site. To a certain degree, it incorporates all of the aforesaid hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and mail addresses, upload video clips, etc. At, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated web hosting solutions that enable you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've settled on - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting plan may be better or worse juxtaposed to the customary e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are meant for particular content exclusively.