Types of hosting services
A hosting solution applies to depositing and/or sharing particular web content on a server handled by a web hosting company. There are different forms of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's have a peek at these. Thus, you can choose what you need, based on whether you desire to own a web page, emails, or to share files with pals and colleagues.
- File hosting: a service delivered by certain hosts, which permits you to share big files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single designation is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage packages are often supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to await a given span of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely incongruous interpretation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would share the load between individual hosts of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending various hosting services (mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a sort of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given providers provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting type is appropriate if you would like to share a huge number of pictures with pals or associates since the solution is mostly free of cost. You will receive a random link for every picture 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 used for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to administering your mails. Some firms provide web hosting services for websites, but do not provide an email hosting service. If you wish to manage an email address with your domain name but do not want to have a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can open email address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video clip, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and a few hundred site viewers, you may have trouble with your web page hosting supplies. Embedding the video will allow you to use as many videos as you wish without bothering about system supplies.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to keep a site. To some degree, it includes all of the aforesaid hosting categories since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can have databases and e-mail accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Heartland Web Hosting, for instance, you can examine web hosting and dedicated hosting accounts that enable you to get all of the aforesaid services in one single place. There may be limitations based on the type of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your site hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the normal email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are intended for particular content only.