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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting solution pertains to hoarding and/or sharing certain content on a hosting server handled by a web hosting supplier. There are various categories of hosting services used for different aims, so let's take a glance at them. Thus, you can determine what you need, depending on whether you desire to set up a blog, email aliases, or to share files with comrades and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution provided by particular providers, which lets you share big files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage services often involve adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a given amount of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a totally untrue interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would divide the tasks at hand between different stacks of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different web hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a variety of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given suppliers offer a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting kind is good if you would like to share a huge number of pictures with pals or associates since the solution is typically free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web pages.

- Email hosting: a service committed to tackling your email addresses. Some distributors offer web hosting services for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting solution. If you want to set up a mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a website, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can create email box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this approach instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video clip produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of video files and several hundred web page visitors, you may have a problem with your webspace hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to utilize as many video clips as you want without hassling about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to run a website. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforesaid hosting sorts since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and mail accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Vidahost Computer Technologies, for instance, you can see web hosting and dedicated web server hosting accounts that allow you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in a single place. There may be restrictions depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the conventional e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are tailored for particular content exclusively.