Varieties of hosting solutions
A hosting solution includes saving and/or sharing particular content on a server managed by a hosting vendor. There are various kinds of hosting services used for different ends, so let's have a look at these. Thus, you can choose what you want, based on whether you wish to own a web site, e-mail addresses, or to share files with comrades and associates.
- File hosting: a service provided by various web hosts, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its single designation is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a register of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions often involve ads by the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a specific stretch of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely imprecise explanation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would apportion the workload between independent bunches of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving miscellaneous web site hosting services (electronic mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a brand of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain companies offer a hosting service for images exclusively. This hosting type is good if you desire to share an immense amount of images with pals or associates since the solution is generally free. You will receive a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for web pages.
- Email hosting: a solution devoted to managing your e-mail address accounts. Some providers offer site hosting solutions for websites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting solution. If you want to run an email address with your domain name but do not wish to run a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can open e-mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video brings about a specific amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and several hundred site visitors, you may have a problem with your web space hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will allow you to manage as many video files as you desire without worrying about system supplies.
- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to possess a website. To a certain degree, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting brands since, along with your web pages, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and e-mail aliases, upload video files, etc. At SupremeServer, for instance, you can see web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that allow you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be restrictions based on the kind of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the usual e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are tailored for specific content only.