Groups of hosting solutions
A hosting service is related to depositing and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server managed by a website hosting company. There are different groups of hosting services used for different purposes, so let's have a peek at them. In that way, you can elect what you want, based on whether you desire to create a web portal, email accounts, or to share files with chums and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution delivered by some vendors, which permits you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single objective 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 see a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage plans are often supported by showing adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a certain amount of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you run a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly twisted interpretation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would allot the workload between independent bunches of servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different website hosting services (mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a sort of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given providers provide a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting brand is good if you desire to share a big amount of pictures with mates or acquaintances since the service is usually free of charge. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for sites.
- Email hosting: a service devoted to taking care of your e-mail address accounts. Some providers provide site hosting solutions for web sites, but do not offer an email hosting service. If you desire to possess an email address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you need. You can set up e-mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video clip, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a specific amount of CPU load, so with a few video clips and several hundred website viewers, you may have trouble with your webspace hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will permit you to have as many videos as you desire without bothering about system quotas.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you want to own a website. To a certain degree, it involves all of the abovementioned hosting forms since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and e-mail addresses, upload video clips, etc. At Zomzom Hosting, for example, you can take a glance at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that allow you to have all of the aforementioned services in a single location. There may be restrictions depending on the form of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the standard email/file/video/image hosting packages that are created for particular content only.