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Groups of hosting solutions

A hosting solution includes depositing and/or sharing specific content on a web server handled by a website hosting distributor. There are various categories of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's have a peek at them. Thus, you can pick what you need, on the basis of whether you desire to set up a website, electronic mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service made available by various hosts, which lets you share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single designation is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage accounts often include ads by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a particular amount of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions 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 help of the cPanel hosting merchandisers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a completely improper explanation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would assign the workload between autonomous stacks of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous web page hosting services (email, web space, stats, DNS, databases, CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a type of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; specific distributors provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is suitable if you desire to share a large quantity of pictures with mates or colleagues since the solution is commonly free. You will get a randomly generated link for every 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 service cannot be utilized for sites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to taking care of your e-mail address accounts. Some providers offer web site hosting solutions for sites, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you want to set up a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to run a site, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can open mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video in your website 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 brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and several hundred website visitors, you may have trouble with your web space hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will allow you to possess as many video clips as you wish without hassling about system quotas.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to keep a website. To some extent, it contains all of the aforesaid hosting varieties since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and e-mails, upload video clips, etc. At Free Hostia, for example, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that allow you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one place. There may be restrictions depending on the form of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web site hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are purposed for specific content solely.