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Categories of hosting solutions

A hosting solution is connected with stashing and/or sharing particular web content on a server handled by a hosting company. There are various types of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glance at these. In that way, you can choose what you want, depending on whether you'd like to set up a web portal, e-mail accounts, or to share files with comrades and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service supplied by some providers, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole goal is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a list of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage plans are often supported by displaying advertisements next to the download links, while a timer makes you await a specific interval of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchandisers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally awry interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would allocate the tasks at hand between separate bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending miscellaneous web hosting services (mail, storage space, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a kind of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; specific suppliers offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you would like to share a huge quantity of pictures with pals or partners since the service is generally free of cost. You will get a random link for every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be utilized for websites.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to administering your e-mails. Some suppliers provide website hosting solutions for web pages, but do not offer an email service. If you want to open an email address with your domain name but do not wish to run a site, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can open mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video clip, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file generates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of video files and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a hard time with your web space hosting reserves. Embedding the video will allow you to use as many video files as you want to without worrying about system resources.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you need if you wish to keep a web site. To a certain extent, it incorporates all of the abovementioned hosting types since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and mails, upload video files, etc. At GaskinTech, for example, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that allow you to have all of the abovementioned services in one location. There may be restrictions depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web site hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the regular email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are conceived for particular content only.