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Types of hosting services

A hosting service includes saving and/or sharing certain web content on a hosting server handled by a hosting distributor. There are different sorts of hosting services utilized for different goals, so let's have a peek at them. In that way, you can decide what you need, based on whether you'd like to have a web site, e-mail address accounts, or to share files with friends and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution provided by various firms, which allows you to share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole objective is to share files, since it does not support web site 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 not be able to load .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file hosting accounts frequently include advertisements next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a certain amount of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess 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 limit 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 a totally distorted interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would distribute the tasks at hand between autonomous groups of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different website hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a brand of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given companies provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting kind is good if you want to share a large amount of pics with friends or partners since the solution is typically free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to handling your e-mail aliases. Some vendors provide website hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting service. If you wish to have a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to run a web site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create email accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file generates a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with a few videos and several hundred site viewers, you may have a problem with your web site hosting resources. Embedding the video will permit you to operate as many video files as you desire without hassling about system reserves.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you need if you would like to have a site. To a certain extent, it involves all of the aforesaid hosting types since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can create databases and mail address accounts, upload video files, and so on. At MT Hosting, for example, you can view web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that allow you to have all of the aforesaid services in a single location. There may be limitations depending 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 hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the normal e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are made for specific web content exclusively.