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Categories of hosting solutions

A hosting service means stashing and/or sharing specific content on a web server handled by a web hosting vendor. There are various types of hosting services used for different purposes, so let's survey them. Thus, you can decide what you want, depending on whether you desire to create a weblog, email mailbox accounts, or to share files with mates and partners.

- File hosting: a solution provided by various vendors, which lets you share big 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 aim is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey a list 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-charge file storage solutions are often supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to await a certain spell of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess a paid file hosting package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting retailers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely incongruous interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would apportion the workload between autonomous groups of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different web hosting services (email, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a sort of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; certain vendors provide a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting variant is good if you would like to share a huge number of pics with chums or colleagues since the solution is mostly free. You will receive a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for web sites.

- Email hosting: a service committed to taking care of your electronic mail accounts. Some firms provide webspace hosting solutions for web pages, but do not provide an e-mail solution. If you desire to have a mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a site, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can create email accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred web site visitors, you may have a hard time with your web site hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to run as many video clips as you want without hassling about system resources.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to run a site. To some degree, it contains all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can have databases and e-mail addresses, upload video clips, etc. At Mirror Impact Web Hosting Solutions, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting solutions that enable you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in one single location. There may be restrictions depending on the form of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web hosting package may be better or worse compared to the usual email/file/video/image hosting plans that are made for particular web content exclusively.