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Forms of hosting services

A hosting service implies saving and/or sharing certain content on a web server managed by a web hosting provider. There are different varieties of hosting services utilized for different goals, so let's explore these. In this way, you can conclude what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to own a site, email address accounts, or to share files with comrades and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution offered by various file storage providers, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only function is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file storage plans often include ads by the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a given period of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation in regard 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 modern "cloud hosting". This is an entirely untrue explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would distribute the load between separate stacks of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different hosting services (mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a variety of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given suppliers offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting kind is appropriate if you want to share a huge quantity of pics with pals or acquaintances since the solution is usually free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to taking care of your e-mailbox accounts. Some distributors offer site hosting services for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail hosting solution. If you desire to get an email address with your domain name but do not want to run a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can set up email accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this approach instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video clip produces a particular amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a problem with your website hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will allow you to utilize as many video clips as you wish without worrying about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to own a site. To some degree, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and e-mail addresses, upload videos, etc. At Serve Direct, for example, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that enable you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be limits depending on the sort of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting account may be better or worse compared to the customary e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are planned for particular content exclusively.