Forms of hosting services
A hosting service applies to storing and/or sharing particular web content on a web hosting server run by a web hosting provider. There are different groups of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's take a glance at them. Thus, you can pick what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to establish a site, email addresses, or to share files with buddies and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution offered by various companies, which lets you share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole goal is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting solutions are often supported by showing advertisements beside the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a certain spell of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit in regard to the download speed or the file size.
Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting traders, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a completely improper interpretation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would split the tasks at hand between separate sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various webspace hosting services (electronic mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is just a sort of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; specific distributors offer a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting kind is suitable if you desire to share a large number of pics with comrades or associates since the service is generally free of charge. You will receive a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to administering your e-mail accounts. Some corporations provide web space hosting services for sites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting service. If you wish to keep a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can open email accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video file, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this approach instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video produces a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of videos and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your web space hosting supplies. Embedding the video will enable you to operate as many video clips as you desire without hassling about system resources.
- Web hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to own a website. To some extent, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and mail aliases, upload videos, and so on. At Mid Georgia Hosting, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting packages that allow you to get all of the aforementioned services in a single place. There may be limits depending on the sort of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the regular email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are meant for particular content only.