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Categories of hosting services

A hosting solution concerns saving and/or sharing particular content on a web server hosted by a website hosting provider. There are different sorts of hosting services used for different aims, so let's have a peek at these. Doing so, you can determine what you need, based on whether you'd like to have a blog, e-mail accounts, or to share files with chums and associates.

- File hosting: a service distributed by various file storage providers, which permits you to share big files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its single goal is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine a list of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting plans frequently involve ads next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a certain spell of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limit when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting retailers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely unsuitable interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would assign the tasks at hand between individual packs of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving various web site hosting services (mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a brand of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; some corporations provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting kind is appropriate if you wish to share an enormous quantity of pictures with comrades or acquaintances since the service is typically free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for each image 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 used for web pages.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to managing your email box accounts. Some firms offer hosting solutions for websites, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you want to run an email address with your domain name but do not wish to have a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can create email accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video clip, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video generates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of videos and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have a hard time with your web space hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will enable you to keep as many video files as you want without worrying about system supplies.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you would like to run a web site. To a certain extent, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and email addresses, upload video files, and so on. At AIDA Host, for instance, you can examine web hosting and dedicated hosting accounts that enable you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limitations based on the kind of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your site hosting package may be better or worse compared to the common email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are devised for specific web content only.