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Classes of hosting services

A hosting solution concerns storing and/or sharing certain content on a web server handled by a website hosting vendor. There are different kinds of hosting services used for different purposes, so let's take a look at them. In that way, you can decide what you need, based on whether you desire to establish a web page, e-mails, or to share files with comrades and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by given file storage providers, which allows you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an index of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage services are often supported by displaying adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a particular stretch of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a totally awry interpretation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would allot the tasks at hand between independent packs of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending miscellaneous hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a variety of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; specific firms provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting variant is good if you want to share a large quantity of pics with comrades or colleagues since the service is mostly free of cost. You will receive a random link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to handling your email accounts. Some vendors provide website hosting services for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail hosting service. If you want to run an email address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can set up mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a specific amount of CPU load, so with a few video files and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have a hard time with your web hosting supplies. Embedding the video will enable you to own as many videos as you want to without bothering about system quotas.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to have a site. To a certain extent, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting kinds since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and e-mail accounts, upload videos, etc. At AIDA Host, for instance, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that enable you to have all of the aforesaid services in one single location. There may be limitations based on the form 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 web space hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the customary e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are purposed for specific web content exclusively.