Groups of hosting services
A hosting solution means storing and/or sharing certain content on a hosting server administered by a web hosting distributor. There are different varieties of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's survey them. In this way, you can elect what you want, based on whether you wish to create a blog, e-mail addresses, or to share files with buddies and partners.
- File hosting: a solution provided by some providers, which permits you to share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, etc. This solution 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 get a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free file hosting services are often supported by exhibiting ads by the download links, while a timer forces you to await a certain amount of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly distorted interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would distribute the workload between individual sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different web space hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a sort of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some firms offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is good if you want to share an immense number of pictures with comrades or colleagues since the solution is mostly free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web pages.
- Email hosting: a solution dedicated to managing your email aliases. Some providers offer site hosting services for websites, but do not offer an e-mail solution. If you want to own an email address with your domain name but do not want to run 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 web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a specific amount of CPU load, so with a couple of video clips and a few hundred site visitors, you may have trouble with your webspace hosting quotas. Embedding the video will allow you to operate as many video files as you want without hassling about system quotas.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to possess a website. To some degree, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting kinds since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload videos, etc. At Benson Hosting, for example, you can examine web hosting and dedicated web server hosting accounts that allow you to have all of the aforementioned services in a single place. There may be limitations based on the kind of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the typical email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are intended for particular content solely.