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Categories of hosting services

A hosting service applies to storing and/or sharing particular web content on a server run by a hosting supplier. There are various classes of hosting services used for various goals, so let's have a peek at them. Doing so, you can pick what you want, based on whether you'd like to set up a web site, email box accounts, or to share files with chums and associates.

- File hosting: a service made available by various hosts, which allows you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not offer web 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 read an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting services are frequently supported by displaying adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a particular span of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely imprecise interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would assign the workload between separate hosts of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous site hosting services (mail, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a brand of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; some distributors offer a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting variant is suitable if you would like to share a large amount of pics with mates or associates since the solution is typically free. You will get a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for websites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to tackling your e-mail aliases. Some suppliers offer web page hosting services for websites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting solution. If you would like to have a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to have a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can create mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video file generates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and a few hundred web page visitors, you may have a problem with your web hosting reserves. Embedding the video will allow you to have as many video clips as you want to without worrying about system resources.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to possess a web site. To a certain extent, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and email box accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Joomla CMS Hosting, for instance, you can take a glance at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that allow you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be limits depending on the sort of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the standard email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are purposed for particular content exclusively.