Kinds of hosting solutions
A hosting solution concerns hoarding and/or sharing specific content on a server hosted by a web hosting distributor. There are different kinds of hosting services utilized for various goals, so let's study them. Doing so, you can determine what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to create a web portal, mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution distributed by certain web hosts, which lets you share immense files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. Once 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 table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage solutions are often supported by displaying advertisements next to the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a specific spell of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limit in regard to the download speed or the file size.
Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly wrong interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would divide the load between different groups of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different website hosting services (mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a type of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some suppliers offer a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting type is suitable if you desire to share an immense amount of images with pals or colleagues since the service is commonly free of charge. You will receive a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for web sites.
- Email hosting: a solution devoted to handling your e-mail box accounts. Some providers provide website hosting solutions for sites, but do not provide an email hosting solution. If you desire to have an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to possess a site, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can create email address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video file brings about a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of videos and several hundred website viewers, you may have a problem with your web hosting quotas. Embedding the video will enable you to manage as many video files as you would like without bothering about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to keep a web site. To some extent, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting varieties since, along with your web pages, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and mail aliases, upload video files, etc. At Angry Dog Hosting Company, for example, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated hosting accounts that permit you to get all of the abovementioned services in a single place. There may be limitations based on the type of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your website hosting package may be better or worse compared to the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are devised for specific content exclusively.