Varieties of hosting services
A hosting service entails depositing and/or sharing given content on a server administered by a web hosting provider. There are various groups of hosting services utilized for various goals, so let's take a gaze at them. In that way, you can conclude what you want, based on whether you wish to set up a web page, mail addresses, or to share files with friends and colleagues.
- File hosting: a solution provided by given hosts, which lets you share enormous files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single goal is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly 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 not be able to view .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage packages often include ads next to the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a certain interval of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a completely incorrect explanation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allot the load between individual sets of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different web site hosting services (email, web space, stats, DNS, databases, CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a variety of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific distributors provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you would like to share a vast amount of pictures with buddies or colleagues since the solution is commonly free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to handling your e-mail accounts. Some suppliers provide webspace hosting solutions for websites, but do not offer an e-mail service. If you would like to manage a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to have a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can create mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of utilizing this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several videos and a few hundred web site visitors, you may have a hard time with your site hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will permit you to run as many video files as you want without bothering about system quotas.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you desire to possess a site. To some extent, it comprises all of the aforesaid hosting groups since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Cold Bear Hosting, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting solutions that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web space hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the routine email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are purposed for specific content exclusively.