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Sorts of hosting services

A hosting service applies to keeping and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server run by a web hosting provider. There are different classes of hosting services used for different ends, so let's take a glimpse at them. Thus, you can determine what you need, depending on whether you wish to establish a web page, emails, or to share files with buddies and partners.

- File hosting: a service provided by given providers, which allows you to share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its single objective is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to view .html or .php website files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage services frequently include ads next to the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given period of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting package, there are no restrictions 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 traders, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is a completely unsuitable interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would split the workload between different hosts of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving various website hosting services (mail, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a kind of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; given distributors offer a hosting solution for images only. This hosting variant is good if you wish to share a vast amount of pics with chums or colleagues since the service 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 used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to managing your e-mailbox accounts. Some corporations provide web space hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an email service. If you desire to possess a mail address with your domain name but do not want to own a site, then the email hosting service is what you want. You can open electronic mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this service 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 clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video clip creates a given amount of CPU load, so with a few videos and a few hundred visitors, you may have trouble with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video will allow you to own as many videos as you wish without bothering about system quotas.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to keep a site. To a certain extent, it involves all of the abovementioned hosting brands since, along with your sites, you can also host images and files, you can run databases and mails, upload videos, and so on. At Creative Twist, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated web hosting services that permit you to have all of the aforesaid solutions in one location. There may be limits depending on the kind of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web space hosting package may be better or worse compared to the routine email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are conceived for specific web content only.