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Forms of hosting services

A hosting service refers to stashing and/or sharing certain content on a hosting server handled by a website hosting vendor. There are various forms of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's have a peek at them. In that way, you can choose what you need, depending on whether you'd like to create a site, emails, or to share files with buddies and associates.

- File hosting: a solution offered by certain vendors, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archives, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single aim is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either receive a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting services often involve advertisements beside the download links, while a timer forces you to await a given stretch of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you have a paid file hosting account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting companies, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a completely erroneous explanation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allot the load between independent stacks of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending different web site hosting services (mail, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is only a brand of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: comparable with file hosting; specific providers provide a hosting service for images exclusively. This hosting kind is appropriate if you would like to share an immense quantity of pics with friends or acquaintances since the solution is commonly free of charge. You will obtain a random link for each picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for web sites.

- Email hosting: a solution dedicated to administering your email address accounts. Some providers offer web page hosting solutions for websites, but do not offer an e-mail service. If you desire to run an email address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can set up email mailbox accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution 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 particular video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of utilizing this approach instead of uploading the video file in a web hosting account is that the video clip produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of videos and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a hard time with your hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will allow you to administer as many video files as you desire without worrying about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to possess a site. To a certain degree, it contains all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can create databases and email aliases, upload video files, etc. At NTC Hosting, for instance, you can observe web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that allow you to have all of the abovementioned services in a single location. There may be limitations depending on the sort of hosting service that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse in comparison with the regular email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are planned for specific content solely.