Classes of hosting services
A hosting solution is related to storing and/or sharing certain content on a web hosting server handled by a web hosting vendor. There are various classes of hosting services used for various goals, so let's take a glimpse at these. In this way, you can pick what you want, depending on whether you wish to launch a blog, e-mail accounts, or to share files with buddies and associates.
- File hosting: a solution offered by given web hosts, which allows 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 sole aim is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting plans often involve ads by the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a specific period of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.
At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally mistaken explanation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would split the load between individual sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various web space hosting services (email, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a type of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: close to file hosting; certain providers offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting kind is good if you would like to share a big quantity of pictures with pals or acquaintances since the service is commonly free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each and every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for websites.
- Email hosting: a solution dedicated to tackling your mail addresses. Some firms provide site hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an email solution. If you desire to launch an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can open e-mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video file, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video generates a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several videos and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have a hard time with your webspace hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to use as many video files as you desire without bothering about system supplies.
- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to possess a web site. To a certain extent, it incorporates all of the aforesaid hosting types since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and mail aliases, upload video clips, etc. At I'mHosting, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated hosting packages that enable you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in one location. There may be limits depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your website hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the usual email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are created for specific web content only.