Forms of hosting services
A hosting solution includes storing and/or sharing particular web content on a hosting server managed by a hosting supplier. There are different forms of hosting services used for different aims, so let's take a gaze at these. Doing so, you can decide what you need, depending on whether you desire to have a site, email addresses, or to share files with comrades and associates.
- File hosting: a service made available by various web hosts, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting solutions are often supported by showing advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given amount of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file hosting plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely erroneous explanation of the actual meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would distribute the load between independent stacks of servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending miscellaneous website hosting services (email, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a kind of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given firms provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting variant is appropriate if you desire to share an immense number of images with buddies or colleagues since the solution is typically free of charge. You will get a random link for each and every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to tackling your mail accounts. Some providers provide web space hosting solutions for sites, but do not offer an e-mail service. If you would like to keep an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to own a web site, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can open email box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.
- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video file, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video clip generates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of videos and several hundred viewers, you may have a hard time with your web space hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will enable you to possess as many videos as you desire without worrying about system quotas.
- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you desire to keep a web site. To some degree, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can have databases and e-mail address accounts, upload videos, etc. At AIDA Host, for instance, you can take a glance at web hosting and dedicated server hosting plans that allow you to have all of the aforesaid services in one location. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are meant for particular web content exclusively.