Kinds of hosting solutions
A hosting service is connected with stockpiling and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server hosted by a hosting company. There are various categories of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's take a peek at these. Thus, you can choose what you need, based on whether you'd like to run a web site, mails, or to share files with friends and colleagues.
- File hosting: a service delivered by various vendors, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage solutions often include ads next to the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a particular spell of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you buy a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations 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 distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is an entirely improper interpretation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would assign the tasks at hand between individual sets of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a type of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; specific companies provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting variant is suitable if you want to share a huge quantity of pics with comrades or partners since the solution is usually free of charge. You will obtain a random link for each image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for web pages.
- E-mail hosting: a service committed to tackling your e-mails. Some suppliers provide website hosting solutions for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail service. If you desire to run an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can set up mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred visitors, you may have difficulty with your web space hosting supplies. Embedding the video will enable you to administer as many video files as you want without bothering about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you would like to run a website. To a certain degree, it consists of all of the aforementioned hosting groups since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and e-mail aliases, upload videos, etc. At iTechnologix Hosting, for example, you can take a gaze at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that enable you to have all of the aforementioned services in one single location. There may be restrictions depending on the kind of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the usual e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are purposed for specific web content only.