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Varieties of hosting services

A hosting service implies saving and/or sharing specific content on a server run by a website hosting provider. There are different groups of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's have a look at these. Doing so, you can conclude what you need, based on whether you'd like to create a weblog, e-mail aliases, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a service distributed by some hosts, which enables you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a list of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php website files in your browser. Free file storage services are frequently supported by displaying adverts beside the download links, while a timer forces you to await a particular interval of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally inappropriate explanation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allot the workload between separate bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving different web page hosting services (electronic mail, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a variety of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain vendors offer a hosting service for images solely. This hosting kind is suitable if you want to share a big number of images with pals or partners since the solution is usually free of charge. You will receive a randomly generated link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service committed to taking care of your email address accounts. Some providers provide site hosting solutions for web pages, but do not supply an e-mail solution. If you wish to set up an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can create mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video file, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web 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 web page visitors, you may have trouble with your web hosting supplies. Embedding the video will permit you to utilize as many videos as you desire without hassling about system supplies.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to keep a web site. To some degree, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting variants since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and e-mail aliases, upload video clips, etc. At MTBN.NET, for instance, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated server hosting accounts that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your hosting account may be better or worse compared with the typical email/file/video/image hosting packages that are planned for specific web content solely.