Kinds of hosting services
A hosting solution is related to stockpiling and/or sharing specific content on a server administered by a web hosting supplier. There are various varieties of hosting services used for different aims, so let's take a peek at them. In that way, you can elect what you need, depending on whether you wish to have a weblog, emails, or to share files with mates and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution made available by particular file storage providers, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its single designation is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly 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 be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage packages are often supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a certain span of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely distorted interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would distribute the tasks at hand between independent packs of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving different site hosting services (mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is just a brand of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: close to file hosting; specific corporations offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is good if you want to share a vast number of pictures with buddies or acquaintances since the solution is commonly free. You will receive a random link for each pic 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 sites.
- Email hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your email address accounts. Some distributors offer web page hosting services for web pages, but do not provide an e-mail hosting service. If you would like to create a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to run a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can open email accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video generates a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have difficulty with your web hosting resources. Embedding the video will allow you to own as many videos as you desire without worrying about system resources.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to run a website. To a certain degree, it encompasses all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and mail accounts, upload video files, and so on. At SparkDawn Media WebHosting, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that enable you to have all of the aforementioned services in one single place. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse compared to the usual email/file/video/image hosting packages that are conceived for specific content exclusively.