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How Hosting Services Work

A hosting service refers to stashing and/or sharing specific web content on a web hosting server run by a hosting company. There are different groups of hosting services used for various goals, so let's have a gaze at these. Doing so, you can choose what you want, based on whether you wish to run a site, mailbox accounts, or to share files with mates and partners.

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- File hosting: a solution provided by certain file storage providers, which enables you to share immense files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a table 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 packages often involve ads beside the download links, while a timer makes you await a particular interval of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the help of the cPanel web hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely incongruous interpretation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud hosting environment would distribute the tasks at hand between separate hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various hosting services (mail, data storage, stats, DNS, databases, web hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is simply a sort of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; certain distributors provide a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting variant is appropriate if you want to share a big quantity of pics with comrades or acquaintances since the solution is mostly free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for each and every pic 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 taking care of your mails. Some firms provide hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an e-mail solution. If you would like to create an email address with your domain but do not desire to own a website, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domain. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this method instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video generates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a few videos and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a hard time with your hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will allow you to keep as many videos as you desire without worrying about system reserves.

- Hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to have a site. To some extent, it incorporates all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can have databases and mail address accounts, upload video files, and so on. At you can take a glimpse at shared hosting and dedicated server packages that permit you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in a single location. There may be limits based on the type of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared website hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your hosting plan may be better or worse juxtaposed to the standard email/file/video/image hosting packages that are intended for specific content only.