Varieties of hosting solutions
A hosting service includes saving and/or sharing specific content on a web server administered by a web hosting supplier. There are different forms of hosting services used for various aims, so let's review these. In that way, you can decide what you want, on the basis of whether you desire to create a website, mail address accounts, or to share files with mates and associates.
- File hosting: a solution supplied by particular hosts, which allows you to 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 sole goal is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a register of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free file hosting plans are frequently supported by displaying adverts by the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a certain period of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.
Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a totally twisted explanation of the actual denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would divide the tasks at hand between individual stacks of servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending various web hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting solution is just a brand of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; specific firms offer a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting kind is suitable if you want to share an immense number of images with pals or acquaintances since the solution is typically free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for websites.
- Email hosting: a solution dedicated to taking care of your e-mailbox accounts. Some vendors provide web page hosting services for web sites, but do not provide an email solution. If you desire to have a mail address with your domain name but do not want to have a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can set up mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables 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 site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and a few hundred site viewers, you may have trouble with your hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will allow you to have as many video clips as you want without worrying about system resources.
- Web hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to have a web site. To a certain degree, it includes all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can create databases and e-mail address accounts, upload videos, and so on. At NTC Hosting, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated server hosting accounts that permit you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in a single place. There may be limitations based on the kind of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting account may be better or worse compared with the regular email/file/video/image hosting packages that are made for specific content solely.