Categories of hosting services
A hosting service pertains to storing and/or sharing particular content on a hosting server handled by a hosting distributor. There are different classes of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glimpse at them. Doing so, you can choose what you need, depending on whether you'd like to launch a site, mails, or to share files with buddies and partners.
- File hosting: a solution distributed by some companies, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a list of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting packages are frequently supported by exhibiting adverts beside the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a specific stretch of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you run a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a completely inaccurate interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would assign the workload between autonomous packs of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous webspace hosting services (email, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a sort of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given distributors provide a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting type is suitable if you desire to share a huge amount of pics with comrades or partners since the solution is usually free. You will receive a random link for each and every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for sites.
- Email hosting: a solution committed to tackling your mail addresses. Some suppliers offer web space hosting solutions for sites, but do not provide an email solution. If you desire to set up an email address with your domain name but do not want to keep a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you need. You can create e-mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with a few video clips and several hundred web page visitors, you may have a hard time with your web space hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will enable you to possess as many video clips as you wish without bothering about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to keep a website. To some extent, it encompasses all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and mails, upload video clips, etc. At Incite Graphics, for example, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that enable you to get all of the aforementioned services in a single location. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting package may be better or worse compared with the conventional e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are conceived for specific content solely.