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Categories of hosting services

A hosting solution implies stockpiling and/or sharing given content on a hosting server hosted by a web hosting vendor. There are various sorts of hosting services utilized for various ends, so let's have a peek at these. Doing so, you can decide what you need, depending on whether you wish to set up a blog, e-mail address accounts, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a service offered by certain web hosts, which permits you to share immense files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single function is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. As soon as 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 site files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting packages often involve ads by the download links, while a timer makes you await a given stretch of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you own a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions 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.

Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly amiss interpretation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would apportion the load between autonomous packs of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different site hosting services (electronic mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is only a brand of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; some vendors offer a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting type is appropriate if you want to share a large amount of pictures with chums or partners since the service is commonly free of charge. You will obtain a random link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for web pages.

- Email hosting: a solution committed to administering your mail address accounts. Some corporations offer website hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting service. If you would like to possess an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to own a site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create email mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes 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 a particular video file, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip creates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video files and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have trouble with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to operate as many video clips as you want without hassling about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to have a website. To some degree, it embodies all of the aforementioned hosting groups since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and e-mail aliases, upload videos, etc. At AlbHosting, for instance, you can examine web hosting and dedicated hosting accounts that enable you to get all of the aforesaid services in one single location. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web space hosting plan may be better or worse juxtaposed to the customary email/file/video/image hosting packages that are intended for particular content exclusively.