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Types of hosting solutions

A hosting solution involves stashing and/or sharing specific content on a hosting server administered by a web hosting provider. There are different types of hosting services utilized for different aims, so let's have a peek at these. In that way, you can choose what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to run a web site, email box accounts, or to share files with chums and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by given file storage providers, which permits you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated 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 view .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free file hosting accounts frequently involve ads next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a given span of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file hosting plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a completely incorrect interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would apportion the tasks at hand between separate hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various website hosting services (mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a type of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given firms offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting brand is appropriate if you would like to share an immense number of pics with pals or acquaintances since the solution is typically free. You will receive a random link for each pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to handling your e-mail addresses. Some vendors offer web page hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an email solution. If you desire to get an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to run a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can create e-mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video brings about a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several videos and several hundred web site viewers, you may have a hard time with your website hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will allow you to have as many video files as you want to without bothering about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you need if you desire to possess a site. To some extent, it consists of all of the aforesaid hosting sorts since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and email box accounts, upload video files, etc. At Cowboy Web Hosting, for instance, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated server hosting plans that enable you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single location. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the conventional email/file/video/image hosting packages that are designed for specific web content only.