Kinds of hosting solutions

A hosting service is related to saving and/or sharing particular web content on a server hosted by a website hosting vendor. There are various kinds of hosting services utilized for different purposes, so let's take a glimpse at these. Thus, you can determine what you want, based on whether you wish to set up a blog, electronic mail accounts, or to share files with chums and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution delivered by certain web hosts, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage plans are frequently supported by displaying ads beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a particular stretch of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely incorrect explanation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would allot the tasks at hand between independent groups of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending miscellaneous site hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a variety of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given distributors provide a hosting service for pictures solely. This hosting kind is good if you desire to share a big quantity of pictures with comrades or partners since the service is generally free. You will obtain a randomly generated link for each image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to taking care of your emails. Some companies offer web space hosting solutions for websites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting solution. If you desire to keep a mail address with your domain name but do not want to own a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can set up mailbox 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 servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and a few hundred site visitors, you may have a problem with your site hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to run as many video clips as you want to without worrying about system supplies.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you wish to have a site. To some degree, it includes all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and mail aliases, upload video files, etc. At Ford Web Consulting, for instance, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that permit you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single location. There may be limitations based on the type of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting package may be better or worse compared with the typical e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are designed for particular web content exclusively.