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Types of hosting solutions

A hosting service entails storing and/or sharing specific web content on a web hosting server administered by a website hosting supplier. There are different forms of hosting services used for various ends, so let's have a look at them. Thus, you can determine what you need, based on whether you wish to build a website, mail accounts, or to share files with chums and partners.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by given web hosts, which lets you share bulky files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole designation is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created 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 be unable to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file storage accounts are frequently supported by showing advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given period of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file hosting account, there are no restrictions 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 vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a totally false interpretation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would allocate the workload between individual packs of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous web site hosting services (mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a variety of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; certain vendors provide a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting brand is appropriate if you would like to share a vast amount of images with friends or colleagues since the service is usually free of charge. You will get a randomly generated link for every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to managing your email mailbox accounts. Some suppliers provide hosting services for websites, but do not provide an email hosting service. If you would like to possess a mail address with your domain name but do not want to own a website, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can create mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a handful of videos and a few hundred visitors, you may have difficulty with your hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will permit you to run as many video clips as you want without hassling about system supplies.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to keep a site. To some degree, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and email box accounts, upload video files, and so on. At MoonServers, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated hosting solutions that allow you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in a single location. There may be restrictions based on the sort of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web page hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are planned for particular content solely.