Varieties of hosting solutions
A hosting solution refers to keeping and/or sharing particular content on a web hosting server hosted by a website hosting vendor. There are various types of hosting services used for different goals, so let's explore them. In this way, you can choose what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to establish a web portal, email addresses, or to share files with chums and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution distributed by various providers, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a table of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage packages are frequently supported by displaying advertisements next to the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a certain period of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file storage plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a totally mistaken explanation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would split the workload between different packs of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving various website hosting services (electronic mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a kind of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given suppliers offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting variant is suitable if you wish to share a huge amount of pics with chums or associates since the solution is commonly free of charge. You will obtain a random link for each image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for web pages.
- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to tackling your email box accounts. Some firms provide website hosting services for sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you wish to own a mail address with your domain name but do not want to possess a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can set up email address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video clip, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video file brings about a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and a few hundred visitors, you may have trouble with your website hosting reserves. Embedding the video will enable you to have as many videos as you want without worrying about system resources.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you desire to have a web site. To some degree, it comprises all of the aforesaid hosting brands since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and e-mail box accounts, upload video files, etc. At Results Internet Webhosting, for instance, you can see web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that permit you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in a single place. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse compared to the regular email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are made for particular content exclusively.