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Types of hosting solutions

A hosting solution involves keeping and/or sharing specific web content on a web server handled by a website hosting vendor. There are different forms of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's have a look at them. In that way, you can choose what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to establish a weblog, e-mail aliases, or to share files with pals and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a service supplied by certain web hosts, which enables you to share huge files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its only goal is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated 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 not be able to view .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file storage accounts are often supported by displaying advertisements by the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a given amount of time to perceive them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you possess 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 restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Now, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchandisers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is an entirely inappropriate explanation of the actual connotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allocate the workload between different hosts of web servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving various web space hosting services (email, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, web hosting Control Panel, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is simply a sort of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; specific vendors offer a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting variant is appropriate if you want to share a big number of images with mates or acquaintances since the solution is typically free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for every image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- Email hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your electronic mail accounts. Some providers provide website hosting services for sites, but do not provide an email hosting solution. If you would like to set up a mail address with your domain name but do not wish to own a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can open e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP 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 web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video clip generates a certain amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of videos and several hundred visitors, you may have trouble with your web hosting resources. Embedding the video file will enable you to own as many videos as you desire without bothering about system resources.

- Web hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to own a site. To a certain extent, it embodies all of the aforementioned hosting groups since, along with your web sites, you can also host pics and files, you can have databases and email box accounts, upload videos, and so on. At Alatalo Hosting, for instance, you can take a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated hosting plans that permit you to have all of the aforementioned services in one single place. There may be limits depending on the kind of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse compared to the usual e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are conceived for specific web content only.