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Kinds of hosting services

A hosting solution refers to storing and/or sharing specific content on a hosting server administered by a web hosting distributor. There are different types of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's study these. In this way, you can conclude what you need, depending on whether you desire to run a web portal, email accounts, or to share files with buddies and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by particular vendors, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single function is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file hosting solutions are often supported by showing adverts beside the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a particular span of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file storage package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a totally untrue explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would allocate the tasks at hand between different hosts of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending various site hosting services (mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a brand of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given distributors provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting kind is appropriate if you want to share a great number of pictures with comrades or associates since the service is commonly free of charge. You will get a randomly generated link for every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for websites.

- Email hosting: a service committed to administering your e-mail addresses. Some corporations offer web page hosting services for web pages, but do not provide an email hosting solution. If you desire to own a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can create e-mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this method instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video clip produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a few video files and a few hundred web page visitors, you may have a problem with your hosting reserves. Embedding the video will permit you to utilize as many video files as you would like without hassling about system supplies.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to own a web site. To a certain extent, it embodies all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and mail addresses, upload video files, etc. At ITMax Hosting, for instance, you can examine web hosting and dedicated web server hosting solutions that permit you to get all of the aforesaid services in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the type of hosting solution that you've chosen - 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 with the customary email/file/video/image hosting plans that are meant for particular web content only.