Sorts of hosting services
A hosting service suggests storing and/or sharing given content on a hosting server managed by a hosting provider. There are different types of hosting services utilized for different purposes, so let's examine these. In that way, you can decide what you need, depending on whether you desire to establish a web site, email addresses, or to share files with comrades and partners.
- File hosting: a solution offered by various companies, which permits you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its single purpose is to share files, since it does not support website 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 examine a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage packages frequently involve ads next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a particular amount of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally unsuitable explanation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allot the workload between separate hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various webspace hosting services (mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a brand of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific distributors provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting type is good if you desire to share a huge quantity of images with pals or colleagues since the service is mostly free of charge. You will obtain a random link for each and every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for websites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to taking care of your e-mail accounts. Some vendors offer website hosting solutions for web pages, but do not offer an e-mail service. If you would like to have an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to have a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can set up mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip creates a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of videos and several hundred web page visitors, you may have a problem with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to utilize as many video files as you would like without hassling about system quotas.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to keep a site. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting variants since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and email mailbox accounts, upload video files, etc. At handhonline.co.uk, for instance, you can explore web hosting and dedicated web server hosting accounts that allow you to get all of the aforementioned services in one single place. There may be restrictions based on the form of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting package may be better or worse compared with the common email/file/video/image hosting plans that are meant for particular web content only.