Classes of hosting services
A hosting solution implies depositing and/or sharing specific content on a web server administered by a web hosting vendor. There are various kinds of hosting services used for various goals, so let's have a gaze at them. In that way, you can determine what you want, based on whether you wish to establish a web page, e-mail accounts, or to share files with pals and acquaintances.
- File hosting: a service furnished by certain hosts, which allows you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole designation is to share files, since it does not support website 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 see an index 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-charge file hosting solutions are often supported by showing adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a given period of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely incongruous interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would apportion the workload between separate sets of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous web space hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, webspace hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a brand of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; certain vendors offer a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting type is suitable if you desire to share an enormous quantity of pictures with comrades or colleagues since the service is generally free. You will obtain a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to taking care of your e-mail aliases. Some vendors provide web hosting solutions for sites, but do not supply an email 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 require. You can set up electronic mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip produces a given amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred web page visitors, you may have a hard time with your web space hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will permit you to manage as many videos as you want to without hassling about system quotas.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you would like to possess a website. To a certain degree, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting kinds since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload videos, and so on. At AmtecHost, for instance, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that enable you to get all of the aforesaid services in one place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse compared to the ordinary email/file/video/image hosting plans that are meant for particular web content exclusively.