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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting solution includes saving and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server hosted by a web hosting supplier. There are various groups of hosting services utilized for various purposes, so let's study them. In this way, you can conclude what you need, on the basis of whether you'd like to own a website, emails, or to share files with friends and partners.

- File hosting: a service offered by given web hosts, which permits you to share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only purpose is to share files, since it does not offer site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web page files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions are frequently supported by exhibiting advertisements by 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 restricted speed. If you have a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more faddish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly inappropriate interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would share the workload between independent bunches of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different site hosting services (mail, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is only a brand of a disk space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; given corporations provide a hosting solution for images only. This hosting brand is good if you want to share an immense number of pics with chums or acquaintances since the service is commonly free of cost. You will receive a random link for each and every picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for sites.

- Email hosting: a solution devoted to taking care of your emails. Some providers offer web site hosting solutions for sites, but do not provide an email hosting service. If you wish to own a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to own a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can set up e-mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The email hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to some video, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of utilizing this method instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video file generates a particular amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and a few hundred web page viewers, you may have difficulty with your web page hosting reserves. Embedding the video will enable you to keep as many videos as you would like without bothering about system resources.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to possess a website. To some degree, it embodies all of the abovementioned hosting brands since, along with your sites, you can also host pictures and files, you can have databases and mail aliases, upload video clips, etc. At Uni-Bz, for instance, you can have a peek at web hosting and dedicated server hosting services that allow you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in a single place. There may be restrictions based on the kind of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the common e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are created for particular web content exclusively.