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Forms of hosting services

A hosting service includes saving and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server hosted by a hosting provider. There are various types of hosting services utilized for different goals, so let's have a look at these. Doing so, you can elect what you want, depending on whether you wish to set up a weblog, mail address accounts, or to share files with pals and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service supplied by certain companies, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly 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 load .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions are frequently supported by exhibiting ads beside the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a given period of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely fallacious interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allot the tasks at hand between different groups of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending various website hosting services (mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is just a sort of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; specific vendors provide a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting type is good if you would like to share an immense number of images with mates or associates since the service is usually free of cost. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each picture 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 sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to administering your mail accounts. Some providers provide website hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you desire to launch an email address with your domain name but do not want to possess a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can set up mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of video files and a few hundred website viewers, you may have a hard time with your website hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will permit you to keep as many video clips as you would like without worrying about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you desire to run a site. To a certain degree, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting forms since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload videos, and so on. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated web hosting solutions that allow you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be restrictions depending on the form of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the usual email/file/video/image hosting plans that are devised for specific content exclusively.