Kinds of hosting services
A hosting service applies to depositing and/or sharing given content on a hosting server hosted by a hosting supplier. There are various categories of hosting services used for different purposes, so let's take a glimpse at these. In that way, you can conclude what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to own a weblog, mail aliases, or to share files with friends and associates.
- File hosting: a solution provided by some companies, which allows you to share immense 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 single purpose is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as 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 register of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting solutions often involve advertisements next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a particular interval of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.
These days, with the help of the cPanel hosting retailers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely fallacious interpretation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would apportion the workload between independent sets of servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving different web space hosting services (mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a brand of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some vendors offer a hosting service for images solely. This hosting brand is appropriate if you want to share a large quantity of pics with comrades or associates since the solution is mostly free. You will get a random link for every 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 used for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to managing your e-mails. Some firms offer site hosting services for websites, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you want to possess an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to run a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you want. You can open electronic mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution 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 files. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file creates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of videos and a few hundred web site viewers, you may have a problem with your web hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to possess as many video files as you desire without hassling about system supplies.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to have a website. To some extent, it consists of all of the aforementioned hosting types since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and e-mail accounts, upload video files, etc. At CaFW Web Hosting, for instance, you can see web hosting and dedicated web server hosting packages that enable you to get all of the abovementioned services in a single place. There may be limits based on the sort of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting account may be better or worse compared to the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are conceived for particular web content exclusively.