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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting service concerns hoarding and/or sharing given web content on a web server managed by a hosting vendor. There are various classes of hosting services used for different aims, so let's take a glance at them. Doing so, you can determine what you need, based on whether you wish to have a web page, e-mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and partners.

- File hosting: a solution made available by various web hosts, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine a roster 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 storage services are frequently supported by displaying adverts next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a particular stretch of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you have a paid file hosting 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.

These days, with the help of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally fallacious explanation of the real denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would share the workload between autonomous stacks of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different webspace hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a brand of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; given corporations offer a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting type is appropriate if you would like to share a great number of images with mates or colleagues since the solution is generally free of cost. You will get 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 supported, so the service cannot be used for web pages.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your e-mailbox accounts. Some corporations offer website hosting services for websites, but do not offer an email hosting solution. If you wish to have an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to run a website, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can set up mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video clip produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and several hundred site viewers, you may have trouble with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video will enable you to manage as many video files as you would like without hassling about system quotas.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you would like to own a web site. To some degree, it contains all of the aforementioned hosting types since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can run databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video files, and so on. At Epic Genius, for instance, you can have a glance at web hosting and dedicated server hosting plans that permit you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one single place. There may be limits based on the kind of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the normal e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are purposed for specific web content only.