Varieties of hosting solutions
A hosting service means storing and/or sharing certain web content on a hosting server hosted by a website hosting vendor. There are various forms of hosting services used for different ends, so let's study these. In that way, you can pick what you want, depending on whether you desire to establish a web site, email aliases, or to share files with pals and partners.
- File hosting: a service distributed by some file storage providers, which enables you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only goal is to share files, since it does not offer website uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting plans often involve ads beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a particular stretch of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a completely erroneous explanation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would divide the load between autonomous sets of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various site hosting services (electronic mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a variety of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some corporations provide a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting brand is good if you want to share a large quantity of pictures with friends or associates since the service is generally free of cost. You will receive a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.
- Email hosting: a solution committed to administering your email addresses. Some firms provide webspace hosting services for websites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you would like to set up an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to have a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can create mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video clip 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 clip creates a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of videos and a few hundred web page visitors, you may have a problem with your web site hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will permit you to own as many video clips as you wish without hassling about system quotas.
- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to keep a web site. To a certain extent, it involves all of the aforementioned hosting groups since, along with your web pages, you can also host pics and files, you can create databases and email mailbox accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Besafe1st Hosting, for instance, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting packages that allow you to have all of the aforesaid services in a single place. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting package may be better or worse compared to the regular e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are designed for particular content only.