Categories of hosting solutions
A hosting service entails hoarding and/or sharing given content on a web server managed by a web hosting company. There are various classes of hosting services used for different ends, so let's have a glimpse at them. In that way, you can choose what you need, based on whether you'd like to build a web page, emails, or to share files with mates and associates.
- File hosting: a service provided by given providers, which permits you to share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey a roll 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-of-charge file storage packages are frequently supported by displaying ads next to the download links, while a timer forces you to await a certain amount of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file storage plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly inaccurate interpretation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would distribute the tasks at hand between autonomous sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various website hosting services (mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a type of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; some vendors offer a hosting service for images solely. This hosting kind is suitable if you wish to share an immense quantity of pictures with pals or acquaintances since the service is mostly 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 storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for websites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to handling your e-mail address accounts. Some corporations offer web space hosting services for websites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you want to keep an email address with your domain name but do not want to keep a site, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can create mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video clip brings about a given amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and a few hundred viewers, you may have a hard time with your web hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will enable you to have as many video clips as you want without worrying about system resources.
- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to run a site. To some extent, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting kinds since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and e-mails, upload video clips, and so on. At NTC Hosting, for example, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that enable you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your website hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are planned for particular content only.