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Groups of hosting solutions

A hosting solution pertains to stockpiling and/or sharing certain content on a hosting server run by a web hosting supplier. There are different kinds of hosting services used for various ends, so let's review them. In this way, you can choose what you want, on the basis of whether you wish to have a weblog, e-mails, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a solution offered by some web hosts, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only purpose is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to load .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free file hosting accounts are often supported by showing adverts beside the download links, while a timer compels you to wait for a particular interval of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file storage package, there are no limitations 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.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a completely amiss explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would divide the load between independent groups of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous webspace hosting services (electronic mail, storage space, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a variety of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given vendors provide a hosting solution for pictures solely. This hosting brand is good if you would like to share a large quantity of images with friends or partners since the solution is mostly free. You will get a randomly generated link for each 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 utilized for sites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to taking care of your e-mail box accounts. Some distributors offer web site hosting solutions for sites, but do not offer an e-mail hosting solution. If you desire to open an e-mail address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can create mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video clip generates a particular amount of CPU load, so with several video files and a few hundred website viewers, you may have a problem with your site hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will enable you to run as many video files as you wish without hassling about system quotas.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to keep a website. To a certain degree, it consists of all of the abovementioned hosting varieties since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and email mailbox accounts, upload video clips, etc. At 123HOST, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that permit you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in a single location. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your webspace hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the ordinary email/file/video/image hosting packages that are planned for specific web content exclusively.