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Forms of hosting solutions

A hosting service is associated with keeping and/or sharing given web content on a web hosting server hosted by a web hosting provider. There are various categories of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's take a peek at them. Doing so, you can decide what you want, on the basis of whether you desire to run a website, email addresses, or to share files with pals and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service offered by various hosts, which permits you to share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole objective is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage solutions are frequently supported by exhibiting advertisements by the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a particular period of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely mistaken explanation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would share the workload between separate sets of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous webspace hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a sort of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some vendors provide a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting type is suitable if you want to share a big number of pics with buddies or associates since the service is generally free of charge. You will get a random link for each pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to administering your mail address accounts. Some companies offer web page hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an email hosting service. If you would like to run an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can open email box accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video clip produces a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of videos and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your web site hosting reserves. Embedding the video will enable you to utilize as many video clips as you desire without hassling about system resources.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you require if you would like to have a website. To a certain degree, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting varieties since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and mail address accounts, upload videos, and so on. At Blue Point Host, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that allow you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting account may be better or worse compared to the routine email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are made for specific web content only.