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Groups of hosting services

A hosting service entails storing and/or sharing given content on a server managed by a hosting distributor. There are various sorts of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's have a peek at these. In that way, you can determine what you want, based on whether you desire to create a weblog, e-mails, or to share files with buddies and associates.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by particular vendors, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole objective is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting services often involve adverts beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a specific amount of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely fallacious interpretation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would share the load between autonomous stacks of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending various webspace hosting services (mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a brand of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific firms provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting kind is suitable if you want to share a big amount of pictures with friends or partners since the solution is typically free of charge. You will receive a random link for each and every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for websites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to administering your e-mail address accounts. Some companies provide website hosting solutions for websites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting service. If you wish to set up a mail address with your domain name but do not want to have a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you need. You can open e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video file brings about a given amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and several hundred viewers, you may have a problem with your website hosting quotas. Embedding the video will allow you to manage as many video files as you wish without hassling about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to keep a web site. To some degree, it embodies all of the aforesaid hosting groups since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and email mailbox accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Host Mates, for instance, you can have a gaze at web hosting and dedicated hosting services that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limits depending on the form of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting account may be better or worse compared to the conventional e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are created for particular web content solely.