Forms of hosting services

A hosting solution implies depositing and/or sharing given web content on a web server hosted by a website hosting provider. There are different forms of hosting services used for various ends, so let's survey these. Doing so, you can pick what you want, depending on whether you wish to have a site, electronic mail accounts, or to share files with mates and associates.

- File hosting: a service delivered by various web hosts, which enables you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only designation is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a list of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions are often supported by exhibiting ads by the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a specific amount of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no restriction in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a totally awry interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would allocate the workload between separate groups of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous web space hosting services (mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a brand of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific companies offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting brand is good if you would like to share a huge quantity of pics with comrades or acquaintances since the solution is usually free of charge. You will get a random link for each and every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to handling your email address accounts. Some providers offer hosting solutions for sites, but do not offer an e-mail hosting solution. If you wish to own a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to run a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can create e-mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file produces a particular amount of CPU load, so with a couple of videos and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your web page hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to run as many video clips as you wish without hassling about system resources.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to possess a web site. To a certain extent, it contains all of the aforementioned hosting forms since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and e-mails, upload video clips, etc. At Flashpoint Media Hosting, for example, you can take a peek at web hosting and dedicated server hosting services that permit you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limitations based on the kind of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your website hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the routine email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are made for specific web content exclusively.