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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting solution pertains to saving and/or sharing given content on a web hosting server managed by a website hosting vendor. There are various groups of hosting services used for different goals, so let's take a look at these. In that way, you can decide what you want, depending on whether you'd like to run a web site, email address accounts, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a solution offered by some web hosts, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting accounts are frequently supported by exhibiting advertisements next to the download links, while a timer forces you to await a particular period of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you have a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a completely wrong explanation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would distribute the workload between autonomous bunches of servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending various webspace hosting services (email, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, webspace hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a brand of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain distributors provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting brand is good if you want to share a large number of images with chums or acquaintances since the service is commonly free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be used for websites.

- E-mail hosting: a service committed to handling your email addresses. Some providers provide site hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an email hosting solution. If you would like to own an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to have a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can set up email address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail 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 website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video generates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of videos and several hundred web page visitors, you may have difficulty with your site hosting supplies. Embedding the video will permit you to operate as many video files as you desire without worrying about system supplies.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to have a site. To a certain degree, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting forms since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can run databases and email accounts, upload video clips, etc. At ITMax Hosting, for example, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that permit you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting package may be better or worse compared with the routine email/file/video/image hosting packages that are tailored for particular web content solely.