Forms of hosting services

A hosting service applies to stashing and/or sharing specific web content on a hosting server managed by a web hosting provider. There are various groups of hosting services used for different goals, so let's explore them. Doing so, you can elect what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to set up a site, mailbox accounts, or to share files with mates and associates.

- File hosting: a service furnished by various firms, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single goal is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage accounts are frequently supported by displaying advertisements next to the download links, while a timer compels you to await a particular interval of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a totally imprecise interpretation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allot the workload between separate groups of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different web space hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a brand of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; specific companies provide a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting brand is good if you want to share an immense amount of pics with mates or acquaintances since the solution is usually free of charge. You will receive a randomly generated 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 supported, so the service cannot be used for web pages.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your email mailbox accounts. Some corporations offer hosting services for websites, but do not offer an email hosting solution. If you want to keep an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can create e-mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a certain amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and several hundred viewers, you may have trouble with your hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will allow you to keep as many video files as you want without worrying about system quotas.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you would like to have a web site. To a certain extent, it involves all of the aforesaid hosting groups since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and email box accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Mid Atlantic Web Hosting, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting accounts that permit you to have all of the aforesaid services in one place. There may be limits based on the form of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are made for particular content solely.