Types of hosting solutions
A hosting service appertains to storing and/or sharing certain content on a server managed by a website hosting provider. There are different classes of hosting services used for various aims, so let's take a look at these. Doing so, you can pick what you want, depending on whether you wish to own a website, e-mail box accounts, or to share files with buddies and partners.
- File hosting: a service distributed by various web hosts, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole aim is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage accounts often include adverts beside the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a certain stretch 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 restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit in regard to the download speed or the file size.
At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a completely inappropriate interpretation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would apportion the workload between individual bunches of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending miscellaneous hosting services (mail, web space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a variety of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific firms offer a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you want to share a large number of images with friends or associates since the solution is commonly free. You will obtain a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for web pages.
- Email hosting: a solution committed to tackling your electronic mail accounts. Some providers provide web page hosting solutions for websites, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you want to set up an email address with your domain name but do not want to keep a web site, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create e-mail box accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this method instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip creates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of video files and several hundred web site visitors, you may have a hard time with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to own as many video clips as you would like without worrying about system supplies.
- Web hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to possess a site. To some degree, it embodies all of the abovementioned hosting sorts since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can have databases and email box accounts, upload video files, and so on. At AIDA Host, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated web server hosting solutions that allow you to have all of the abovementioned services in one location. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the ordinary email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are made for particular content exclusively.