Sorts of hosting services
A hosting solution refers to stockpiling and/or sharing certain web content on a hosting server managed by a web hosting company. There are various kinds of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's have a look at these. Doing so, you can determine what you need, based on whether you wish to launch a web portal, email accounts, or to share files with buddies and colleagues.
- File hosting: a service distributed by various vendors, which allows you to share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine an index of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage solutions are often supported by displaying adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a particular amount of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchandisers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly distorted explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would allot the workload between individual stacks of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous site hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a brand of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; specific companies provide a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting type is suitable if you desire to share a big number of pictures with comrades or acquaintances since the solution is usually free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to handling your e-mail box accounts. Some suppliers provide hosting solutions for web pages, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you desire to keep an email address with your domain name but do not want to have a site, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can open electronic mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file creates a particular amount of CPU load, so with several videos and several hundred site visitors, you may have trouble with your website hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will enable you to operate as many videos as you desire without bothering about system quotas.
- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to possess a web site. To some degree, it comprises all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and mail accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Galloway Web Hosting, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated web server hosting solutions that permit you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in one single location. There may be limitations based on the kind of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the normal e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are conceived for specific content solely.