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Types of hosting services

A hosting service pertains to depositing and/or sharing particular web content on a hosting server administered by a website hosting vendor. There are different varieties of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's explore these. In this way, you can determine what you need, based on whether you'd like to create a blog, mail address accounts, or to share files with comrades and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service supplied by given hosts, which allows you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single designation is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated 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 be unable to see .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage plans are often supported by exhibiting adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a specific period of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file hosting plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a totally inapt interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would allocate the workload between autonomous bunches of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different web hosting services (email, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a type of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some corporations provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting variant is suitable if you would like to share a great quantity of pics with comrades or acquaintances since the service is mostly free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for web pages.

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

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video generates a given amount of CPU load, so with a few video files and several hundred web page visitors, you may have difficulty with your web site hosting supplies. Embedding the video will allow you to keep as many videos as you wish without worrying about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to keep a website. To a certain degree, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting brands since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and e-mails, upload videos, etc. At Unpicked, for instance, you can observe web hosting and dedicated web server hosting accounts that allow you to get all of the aforesaid services in one single place. There may be restrictions based on the form of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting plan may be better or worse juxtaposed to the common email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are meant for particular web content exclusively.