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Categories of hosting services

A hosting service concerns saving and/or sharing certain content on a web hosting server managed by a website hosting supplier. There are different forms of hosting services utilized for different aims, so let's take a look at them. Thus, you can decide what you want, depending on whether you wish to run a web site, emails, or to share files with friends and partners.

- File hosting: a solution made available by certain providers, which lets you share bulky files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole goal is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly 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 not be able to open .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting services are frequently supported by showing advertisements by the download links, while a timer compels you to await a given period of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely false interpretation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would assign the load between independent sets of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different webspace hosting services (mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a sort of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; certain providers offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting kind is appropriate if you want to share an enormous amount of pictures with friends or associates since the solution is generally free of charge. You will obtain a random link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- Email hosting: a service committed to managing your e-mail aliases. Some companies provide web site hosting services for sites, but do not offer an email hosting service. If you wish to run an email address with your domain name but do not want to run a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can open email address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file brings about a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and several hundred website viewers, you may have a problem with your website hosting supplies. Embedding the video clip will enable you to have as many video clips as you want to without worrying about system quotas.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to possess a web site. To some extent, it embodies all of the aforesaid hosting forms since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can run databases and mail aliases, upload video files, etc. At Free Hostia, for example, you can explore web hosting and dedicated hosting accounts that permit you to have all of the abovementioned services in one place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your hosting account may be better or worse compared to the typical email/file/video/image hosting packages that are tailored for particular web content solely.