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Groups of hosting solutions

A hosting service includes stockpiling and/or sharing particular content on a web server run by a website hosting supplier. There are various kinds of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glimpse at these. Thus, you can pick what you need, depending on whether you wish to run a web portal, email addresses, or to share files with pals and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution provided by particular web hosts, which permits you to share immense files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only purpose is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file hosting services often involve adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a specific span of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limit in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a totally improper interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would share the load between independent packs of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous web site hosting services (email, web space, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is only a sort of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given companies provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting type is good if you wish to share a huge amount of images with chums or associates since the solution is mostly free. You will obtain a random link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for web sites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to handling your mail aliases. Some distributors provide web site hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an email solution. If you wish to run an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a web site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can set up email box accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video generates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of video files and a few hundred viewers, you may have difficulty with your site hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to own as many video files as you wish without bothering about system resources.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to keep a web site. To some degree, it encompasses all of the aforesaid hosting varieties since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and mail aliases, upload video files, etc. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated hosting packages that permit you to get all of the abovementioned services in a single place. There may be restrictions based on the sort of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web space hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the normal email/file/video/image hosting plans that are designed for particular web content solely.