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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting solution implies hoarding and/or sharing given content on a hosting server managed by a website hosting vendor. There are various sorts of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's take a look at these. Doing so, you can choose what you need, depending on whether you'd like to create a site, e-mail addresses, or to share files with comrades and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution delivered by certain firms, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine an index of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free file storage services are frequently supported by showing adverts beside the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a specific spell of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally inappropriate interpretation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would allot the workload between different hosts of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different site hosting services (email, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a brand of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; given vendors provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting brand is appropriate if you would like to share a large amount of images with comrades or partners since the solution is generally free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for web sites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to handling your mail address accounts. Some distributors offer web hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting service. If you would like to own a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a site, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can create e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video clips and several hundred site viewers, you may have difficulty with your hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to operate as many video files as you would like without hassling about system supplies.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you require if you would like to run a site. To a certain extent, it encompasses all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and email address accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Alfabytes Business Solutions, for example, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated server hosting plans that allow you to have all of the aforesaid services in one single place. There may be limitations based on the kind of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the ordinary email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are tailored for specific content only.