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Categories of hosting services

A hosting service appertains to stashing and/or sharing particular web content on a server run by a website hosting provider. There are different forms of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glance at these. Doing so, you can elect what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to have a weblog, mail addresses, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a service supplied by various providers, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only purpose is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage plans often involve adverts next to the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given span of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file storage account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting traders, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is an entirely erroneous explanation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would distribute the workload between separate groups of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous web page hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web space hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a type of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given vendors offer a hosting service for images solely. This hosting brand is good if you wish to share a huge number of images with comrades or partners since the solution is generally free. You will get a random 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 supported, so the service cannot be utilized for web pages.

- E-mail hosting: a solution devoted to taking care of your emails. Some companies offer website hosting services for web sites, but do not supply an email solution. If you would like to possess a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can create mailbox accounts and administer them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video file in your web site that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video file produces a given amount of central processing unit load, so with a couple of video clips and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your web site hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will allow you to keep as many video files as you wish without bothering about system supplies.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to have a web site. To a certain extent, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting sorts since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload video files, etc. At Big Dog Hosting, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that enable you to have all of the aforementioned services in one single location. There may be restrictions based on the form of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting account may be better or worse compared with the routine email/file/video/image hosting plans that are devised for particular web content exclusively.