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Classes of Hosting Services

A commentary by Professional Website Hosting.

A hosting service refers to storing and/or sharing specific web content on a web hosting server hosted by a site hosting provider. There are different categories of hosting services utilized for various ends, so let's have a gaze at these. Doing so, you can decide what you need, depending on whether you'd like to run a blog, e-mail accounts, or to share files with buddies and colleagues.

- File hosting: a solution supplied by given providers, which lets you share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single purpose is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free file storage services are frequently supported by exhibiting advertisements by the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a given stretch of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file hosting plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel web hosting providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a totally incorrect explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud web hosting". An actual cloud website hosting platform would divide the load between autonomous hosts of hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different web hosting services (email, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a sort of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; certain suppliers provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting variant is good if you want to share a vast number of images with buddies or colleagues since the solution is typically free. You will receive a random link for every picture 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.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to administering your email mailbox accounts. Some firms provide web page hosting services for websites, but do not offer an email hosting service. If you wish to possess an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can set up mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domain names. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred site viewers, you may have a hard time with your hosting quotas. Embedding the video will permit you to run as many video files as you want without hassling about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you wish to keep a site. To a certain extent, it encompasses all of the abovementioned hosting categories since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and e-mail aliases, upload video clips, etc. At Lonex, for instance, you can have a glance at professional web hosting and dedicated web server hosting packages that permit you to get all of the aforementioned services in a single location. There may be restrictions based on the form of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS hosting or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the customary e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are intended for specific content only.