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Sorts of hosting services

A hosting solution concerns stashing and/or sharing given content on a hosting server managed by a hosting distributor. There are various groups of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's examine these. Thus, you can choose what you want, on the basis of whether you desire to run a web site, email addresses, or to share files with friends and partners.

- File hosting: a service made available by given providers, which permits you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not offer web site 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 see 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 solutions often include adverts beside the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a given stretch of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you own a paid file storage plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly inaccurate explanation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would divide the tasks at hand between independent bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending various website hosting services (email, disk space, statistics, DNS, databases, web page hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is just a kind of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; certain companies provide a hosting service for images only. This hosting kind is good if you desire to share an immense number of pics with comrades or associates since the solution is commonly free of charge. You will receive a random link for each and every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for sites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to managing your mailbox accounts. Some companies offer website hosting solutions for web sites, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you would like to get a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to run a website, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can set up e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video file, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file generates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video files and a few hundred site viewers, you may have a hard time with your site hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will allow you to operate as many video files as you want to without bothering about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to have a site. To some degree, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting sorts since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload video clips, etc. At I'mHosting, for instance, you can explore web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that allow you to get all of the abovementioned services in one single location. There may be limits depending on the type of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting account may be better or worse compared with the standard e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are created for particular content exclusively.