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Groups of hosting services

A hosting service concerns depositing and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server handled by a web hosting vendor. There are different sorts of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glimpse at these. Thus, you can pick what you want, depending on whether you'd like to create a site, mail accounts, or to share files with pals and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service supplied by certain vendors, which permits you to share big files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its only objective is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage solutions are often supported by showing advertisements next to the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given stretch of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more fashionable "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly amiss interpretation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would assign the tasks at hand between separate sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending different webspace hosting services (mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a brand of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; certain providers offer a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting type is good if you desire to share an immense amount of images with friends or acquaintances since the service is mostly free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for websites.

- Email hosting: a service committed to managing your email aliases. Some vendors offer website hosting solutions for websites, but do not provide an email service. If you desire to keep a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to have a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can set up e-mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a particular video, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video produces a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of videos and a few hundred web page visitors, you may have difficulty with your web space hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will enable you to administer as many video clips as you want to without bothering about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to have a web site. To some degree, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and e-mail address accounts, upload videos, and so on. At Exclusive Hosting, for example, you can see web hosting and dedicated web server hosting solutions that enable you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in one location. There may be limits depending on the form of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse compared to the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are tailored for particular web content only.