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Categories of hosting services

A hosting service applies to storing and/or sharing given content on a web server hosted by a web hosting supplier. There are different categories of hosting services utilized for different aims, so let's explore them. In this way, you can choose what you want, depending on whether you'd like to create a site, email accounts, or to share files with buddies and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service offered by various vendors, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single goal is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an index of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to view .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage services frequently involve ads by the download links, while a timer compels you to await a particular spell of time to perceive them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting firms, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely inappropriate interpretation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would divide the tasks at hand between separate hosts of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous site hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, webspace hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a variety of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific distributors provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting kind is good if you would like to share a vast quantity of images with friends or acquaintances since the service is commonly free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.

- Email hosting: a solution devoted to managing your mail address accounts. Some providers offer site hosting solutions for websites, but do not supply an e-mail solution. If you desire to create an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can create email accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip creates a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of video clips and several hundred website viewers, you may have a problem with your web hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will allow you to operate as many video files as you would like without worrying about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to have a website. To a certain extent, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting brands since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and mail accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At GrandGraphics, for example, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated hosting accounts that enable you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limits based on the kind of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web hosting package may be better or worse compared to the normal email/file/video/image hosting packages that are planned for particular content only.