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Groups of hosting services

A hosting solution applies to depositing and/or sharing certain content on a web server hosted by a web hosting provider. There are various sorts of hosting services used for various ends, so let's survey them. Thus, you can choose what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to set up a weblog, mails, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a solution provided by certain web hosts, which allows you to share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution 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 an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free file storage solutions are often supported by exhibiting advertisements beside the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a specific amount of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file storage package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally inaccurate interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would assign the tasks at hand between independent sets of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving various web space hosting services (email, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a brand of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific vendors provide a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting kind is good if you want to share a huge amount of images with buddies or colleagues since the solution is commonly free of charge. You will receive a random link for each picture 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 used for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your mail accounts. Some suppliers offer website hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting service. If you want to launch an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can open mail accounts and administer 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 solution enables 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 elsewhere. The benefit of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video produces a certain amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have trouble with your site hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will permit you to possess as many videos as you desire without hassling about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to keep a website. To a certain extent, it involves all of the aforementioned hosting brands since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and mailbox accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At DP Host, for instance, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that allow you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one location. There may be limits depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting account may be better or worse compared with the standard email/file/video/image hosting plans that are intended for particular web content solely.