How Hosting Services Work
A hosting service pertains to stockpiling and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server administered by a hosting provider. There are different types of hosting services used for different aims, so let's review these. Doing so, you can decide what you need, on the basis of whether you desire to set up a website, email accounts, or to share files with comrades and acquaintances.
- File hosting: a solution offered by particular companies, which permits you to share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, 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. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage accounts often include adverts beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a particular amount of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting account, there are no restrictions 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.
At present, with the assistance of the cPanel web hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely fallacious explanation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud hosting platform would share the tasks at hand between separate packs of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving various hosting services (mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a type of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; specific providers offer a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting type is good if you desire to share an immense amount of images with friends or partners since the service is mostly 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 compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.
- Email hosting: a service committed to handling your e-mail box accounts. Some distributors offer hosting services for websites, but do not provide an e-mail hosting service. If you wish to run an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can create e-mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domain name. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video brings about a certain amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of videos and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will allow you to have as many video clips as you desire without hassling about system quotas.
- Hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to run a site. To a certain degree, it involves all of the aforesaid hosting brands since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and e-mail aliases, upload video files, etc. At WebDesign4US you can take a glance at shared hosting and dedicated server plans that allow you to have all of the abovementioned services in one place. There may be limits based on the form of hosting service that you've settled on - a free web hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the normal email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are created for particular web content only.
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