Sorts of hosting services
A hosting service includes storing and/or sharing certain content on a server managed by a hosting vendor. There are different categories of hosting services used for various aims, so let's take a look at them. In that way, you can conclude what you want, depending on whether you'd like to set up a site, mailbox accounts, or to share files with pals and acquaintances.
- File hosting: a service furnished by given firms, which allows you to share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole aim 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 read a list of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting solutions frequently involve ads beside the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a certain period of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a completely incorrect explanation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would apportion the tasks at hand between autonomous sets of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different webspace hosting services (mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a variety of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given vendors offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting type is appropriate if you desire to share a great quantity of pics with pals or colleagues since the solution is commonly free of charge. You will get a random link for each and every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for sites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to handling your e-mail addresses. Some vendors provide webspace hosting solutions for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail solution. If you wish to have an email address with your domain name but do not wish to have a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can open email accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video clip produces a certain amount of CPU load, so with several video files and a few hundred website viewers, you may have a hard time with your website hosting supplies. Embedding the video will allow you to keep as many video clips as you want without worrying about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to keep a site. To some extent, it encompasses all of the aforementioned hosting types since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and email accounts, upload video clips, etc. At Bulan Hosting, for example, you can observe web hosting and dedicated web server hosting packages that enable you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in one single location. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web site hosting package may be better or worse compared with the typical e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are made for particular content exclusively.