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Classes of hosting services

A hosting solution appertains to hoarding and/or sharing particular content on a web hosting server run by a website hosting vendor. There are various forms of hosting services utilized for different aims, so let's take a peek at these. In that way, you can determine what you want, based on whether you desire to have a web portal, mail address accounts, or to share files with friends and partners.

- File hosting: a service made available by some firms, which enables you to share immense 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 objective is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage services are often supported by showing ads by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given spell of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a completely erroneous interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would assign the load between separate groups of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to attending miscellaneous site hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a brand of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; given vendors offer a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting variant is suitable if you desire to share an enormous amount of pics with mates or colleagues since the service is typically free. You will get a random link for every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be utilized for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to handling your email box accounts. Some distributors offer website hosting solutions for web pages, but do not provide an email solution. If you want to launch an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to run a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you need. You can set up e-mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video file in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with several video clips and a few hundred web site viewers, you may have trouble with your web site hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will allow you to have as many video files as you desire without worrying about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to possess a website. To a certain extent, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting types since, along with your web sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and e-mails, upload video clips, etc. At NTC Hosting, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that enable you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting package may be better or worse juxtaposed to the ordinary e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are intended for particular web content only.