Groups of hosting services
A hosting service applies to depositing and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server managed by a hosting company. There are various groups of hosting services utilized for various ends, so let's examine these. Thus, you can pick what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to have a website, emails, or to share files with friends and acquaintances.
- File hosting: a solution furnished by given file storage providers, which permits you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, 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 web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a list of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting accounts are often supported by displaying adverts beside the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a given spell of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.
At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a totally twisted interpretation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would allocate the load between independent stacks of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous webspace hosting services (electronic mail, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a kind of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; some companies offer a hosting service for images exclusively. This hosting type is appropriate if you would like to share an immense number of pics with friends or partners since the solution is usually free. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for websites.
- Email hosting: a service devoted to handling your e-mail addresses. Some vendors provide web space hosting services for web pages, but do not provide an email hosting service. If you want to create an email address with your domain name but do not want to keep a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can set up electronic mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video file produces a certain amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and a few hundred viewers, you may have difficulty with your website hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will enable you to administer as many video clips as you want without bothering about system quotas.
- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you wish to keep a website. To a certain degree, it embodies all of the aforementioned hosting forms since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and email aliases, upload videos, etc. At LoginBob Hosting, for instance, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that permit you to have all of the aforesaid services in a single location. There may be restrictions depending on the type of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your website hosting account may be better or worse compared with the ordinary email/file/video/image hosting packages that are designed for specific web content exclusively.