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Varieties of hosting services

A hosting solution entails hoarding and/or sharing given web content on a server managed by a web hosting provider. There are various sorts of hosting services used for different goals, so let's review them. In this way, you can conclude what you need, based on whether you desire to launch a web site, e-mail addresses, or to share files with friends and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by some vendors, which lets you share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single purpose is to share files, since it does not offer 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 view a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free file storage packages are often supported by displaying adverts next to the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a specific stretch of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a completely twisted interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would assign the load between separate stacks of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving different site hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a sort of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some corporations provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting kind is good if you want to share a big number of images with chums or associates since the solution is generally free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each and every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for web sites.

- Email hosting: a solution devoted to tackling your e-mail address accounts. Some corporations offer web site hosting solutions for websites, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you want to launch a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to own a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can set up e-mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution 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 given video, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu 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 videos and a few hundred website visitors, you may have difficulty with your web page hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will permit you to have as many video files as you would like without worrying about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to have a site. To a certain extent, it consists of all of the aforementioned hosting types since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and email addresses, upload video clips, etc. At Smartway Hosting, for instance, you can observe web hosting and dedicated hosting services that allow you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limits based on the form of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web space hosting account may be better or worse compared to the typical e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are conceived for particular content solely.