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Types of hosting solutions

A hosting service is connected with saving and/or sharing given web content on a hosting server hosted by a website hosting distributor. There are various types of hosting services utilized for different goals, so let's take a glance at them. In that way, you can conclude what you want, on the basis of whether you desire to build a weblog, email aliases, or to share files with buddies and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service made available by given companies, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only objective is to share files, since it does not offer web page 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 read an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free file storage services often involve advertisements next to the download links, while a timer forces you to await a particular interval of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you have a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit in regard to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a completely imprecise explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would allot the load between different hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving various website hosting services (electronic mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a kind of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain companies offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting type is suitable if you would like to share a great amount of pictures with chums or colleagues since the solution is mostly free. You will receive 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 solution cannot be utilized for web pages.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to tackling your email addresses. Some firms provide webspace hosting services for sites, but do not supply an email service. If you want to run a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to possess a site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this method in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video clip creates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with several videos and several hundred web page viewers, you may have difficulty with your hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will allow you to administer as many videos as you would like without bothering about system resources.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to own a web site. To some extent, it encompasses all of the aforementioned hosting varieties since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and mail accounts, upload videos, and so on. At Heartland Web Hosting, for example, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated hosting services that enable you to get all of the aforementioned services in one place. There may be restrictions based on the type of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting account may be better or worse compared to the typical e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are tailored for particular web content exclusively.