Groups of hosting solutions
A hosting solution entails stashing and/or sharing given web content on a web server managed by a web hosting company. There are different groups of hosting services used for various ends, so let's take a peek at these. In that way, you can decide what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to launch a website, electronic mail accounts, or to share files with friends and partners.
- File hosting: a solution supplied by given companies, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, films, 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. 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 read a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-cost file hosting services are often supported by exhibiting ads next to the download links, while a timer forces you to await a given span of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file storage package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit when it comes to the download speed or the file size.
At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a totally imprecise interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would split the tasks at hand between individual sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous web space hosting services (email, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is just a sort of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; given companies provide a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting brand is appropriate if you want to share a big amount of pics with pals or partners since the solution is generally free of cost. You will receive a randomly generated link for each and every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for web sites.
- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to handling your mail address accounts. Some corporations offer hosting solutions for web sites, but do not offer an e-mail solution. If you would like to get an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to own a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can set up mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a certain video clip, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video files and several hundred web page viewers, you may have trouble with your site hosting quotas. Embedding the video will enable you to manage as many video files as you want without worrying about system supplies.
- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you would like to own a web site. To a certain extent, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting types since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and emails, upload video clips, etc. At JDL-Erie, for instance, you can explore web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your site hosting account may be better or worse compared to the ordinary email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are planned for specific web content exclusively.