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Groups of hosting solutions

A hosting service refers to stockpiling and/or sharing particular content on a web server managed by a website hosting company. There are various classes of hosting services used for different aims, so let's have a glance at them. Doing so, you can decide what you need, based on whether you desire to set up a web portal, mail address accounts, or to share files with comrades and partners.

- File hosting: a service made available by given file storage providers, which lets you share huge files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single designation is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a register of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting accounts frequently involve adverts beside the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given period of time to view them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you have a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At present, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a totally untrue interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would apportion the load between different sets of hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous web site hosting services (email, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is merely a type of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific companies provide a hosting solution for images solely. This hosting type is suitable if you wish to share a great number of images with buddies or partners since the solution is mostly free. You will get a random link for each and every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- Email hosting: a solution devoted to managing your email address accounts. Some companies provide website hosting services for sites, but do not supply an email solution. If you want to set up an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to run a website, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can set up e-mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution 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 website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video produces a certain amount of CPU load, so with several videos and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a problem with your web page hosting reserves. Embedding the video will permit you to possess as many videos as you wish without worrying about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you would like to keep a website. To some extent, it encompasses all of the aforementioned hosting varieties since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and mail accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At Papua Web Hosting, for instance, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that enable you to have all of the aforementioned solutions in a single place. There may be limitations depending on the kind of hosting solution that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web site hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are devised for particular web content solely.