Kinds of hosting services
A hosting service means stashing and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server handled by a hosting company. There are various sorts of hosting services used for different ends, so let's take a gaze at them. Doing so, you can choose what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to have a web portal, electronic mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and partners.
- File hosting: a service supplied by some firms, which allows you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free file hosting services are often supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a particular period of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file hosting plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.
At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely false explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would divide the workload between individual groups of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending miscellaneous web hosting services (mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a kind of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; certain firms offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting kind is appropriate if you would like to share an immense quantity of pics with friends or partners since the solution is generally free of charge. 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 hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to administering your e-mails. Some providers provide web page hosting services for web sites, but do not supply an email hosting service. If you want to create a mail address with your domain name but do not want to have a site, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can set up e-mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file produces a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with a few video files and a few hundred viewers, you may have a problem with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will permit you to administer as many videos as you would like without worrying about system reserves.
- Web hosting: this is the service that you require if you would like to have a web site. To some degree, it incorporates all of the aforesaid hosting forms since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and mailbox accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Xtreme Server, for instance, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated web hosting solutions that permit you to get all of the aforesaid services in one location. There may be limits based on the form of hosting solution that you've settled on - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse compared with the standard email/file/video/image hosting plans that are intended for particular web content exclusively.