How Hosting Services Operate
A hosting solution includes stockpiling and/or sharing particular content on a server handled by a hosting vendor. There are different forms of hosting services used for different goals, so let's explore them. In this way, you can choose what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to run a web site, e-mail address accounts, or to share files with comrades and associates.
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- File hosting: a service delivered by various vendors, which lets you share enormous files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting accounts are frequently supported by showing adverts by the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a certain stretch of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely inapt explanation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud hosting environment would divide the workload between autonomous hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving different hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a variety of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; specific firms provide a hosting service for images exclusively. This hosting variant is good if you wish to share a large number of pictures with friends or partners since the service is commonly free. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to tackling your e-mail accounts. Some distributors provide hosting services for websites, but do not provide an email hosting service. If you desire to have a mail address with your domain but do not desire to possess a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can create e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domain. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video clip produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with a few video clips and several hundred website viewers, you may have a hard time with your hosting supplies. Embedding the video will permit you to run as many videos as you would like without hassling about system reserves.
- Hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to possess a web site. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and email box accounts, upload videos, and so on. At EXTEC you can take a glance at shared hosting and dedicated server plans that enable you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in a single location. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting service that you've settled on - a free web hosting plan, a paid shared web hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your hosting package may be better or worse compared to the regular email/file/video/image hosting plans that are created for particular content only.