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Forms of hosting solutions

A hosting service involves keeping and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server managed by a hosting distributor. There are different forms of hosting services used for different ends, so let's explore them. Thus, you can choose what you need, based on whether you'd like to launch a web site, electronic mail accounts, or to share files with friends and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service supplied by some file storage providers, which enables you to share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only function is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a table of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free file storage plans are often supported by displaying ads beside the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a particular spell of time to perceive them. A single 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 instantly, and also there is no limitation as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting retailers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly inapt explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would assign the load between autonomous packs of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various webspace hosting services (mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a variety of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; specific firms provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting type is appropriate if you wish to share a vast quantity of pics with friends or associates since the solution is generally free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to handling your e-mailbox accounts. Some providers offer hosting solutions for web sites, but do not offer an email service. If you wish to set up a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to run a web site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video clip creates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and several hundred viewers, you may have trouble with your web site hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to own as many video clips as you would like without bothering about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to run a website. To some extent, it encompasses all of the abovementioned hosting varieties since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can keep databases and e-mail address accounts, upload video clips, etc. At AIDA Host, for example, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated hosting solutions that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one location. There may be limitations depending on the sort of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web site hosting package may be better or worse compared to the typical e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are devised for particular web content exclusively.