Types of hosting services
A hosting service implies saving and/or sharing given web content on a web server managed by a web hosting vendor. There are different varieties of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's have a look at these. Thus, you can determine what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to create a website, e-mail accounts, or to share files with friends and associates.
- File hosting: a solution furnished by given vendors, which allows you to share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage services often involve adverts beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a particular stretch of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you own a paid file storage account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchandisers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly improper explanation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would split the load between independent sets of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous web space hosting services (mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a sort of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific companies provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting variant is suitable if you would like to share an immense amount of pics with pals or partners since the service is generally free. You will get a random link for every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.
- Email hosting: a solution dedicated to administering your e-mail aliases. Some distributors provide web site hosting services for websites, but do not provide an email service. If you would like to keep a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can create mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this approach instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a certain amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and a few hundred visitors, you may have a hard time with your hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will permit you to own as many video clips as you wish without bothering about system resources.
- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to keep a website. To a certain extent, it includes all of the aforesaid hosting forms since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and email addresses, upload videos, and so on. At White Internet Hosting, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that allow you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limits depending on the kind of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting account may be better or worse compared with the conventional email/file/video/image hosting plans that are tailored for particular web content only.