Types of hosting solutions
A hosting service pertains to storing and/or sharing particular web content on a web server administered by a website hosting vendor. There are various groups of hosting services utilized for various purposes, so let's review them. In that way, you can conclude what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to set up a site, email address accounts, or to share files with mates and associates.
- File hosting: a solution made available by certain web hosts, which lets you share enormous files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an index of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting packages are frequently supported by showing adverts next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a given period of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely unsuitable interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would share the workload between autonomous hosts of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving different web page hosting services (email, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a variety of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific vendors offer a hosting service for pictures solely. This hosting kind is appropriate if you would like to share an enormous amount of pictures with comrades or associates since the service is mostly free of charge. You will get a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can then 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 solution committed to managing your e-mailbox accounts. Some companies offer website hosting services for websites, but do not provide an e-mail solution. If you would like to launch an email address with your domain name but do not want to own a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can set up e-mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this method in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video files and several hundred site visitors, you may have trouble with your site hosting quotas. Embedding the video clip will permit you to utilize as many video clips as you desire without bothering about system quotas.
- Website hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to have a site. To some degree, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting varieties since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and emails, upload video clips, etc. At Lonex, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated web hosting services that permit you to get all of the abovementioned services in one single location. There may be limitations depending on the type of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your site hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the routine e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are tailored for particular web content exclusively.