Varieties of hosting solutions

A hosting service includes storing and/or sharing particular web content on a web hosting server handled by a website hosting company. There are various groups of hosting services used for various purposes, so let's survey them. Doing so, you can decide what you need, based on whether you wish to set up a web portal, electronic mail accounts, or to share files with pals and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution supplied by given hosts, which lets you share large files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single designation is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to survey an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions are frequently supported by showing ads by the download links, while a timer makes you await a particular span of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting plan, there are no restrictions 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.

Nowadays, with the help of the cPanel hosting vendors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally inapt explanation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would distribute the tasks at hand between separate groups of servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving various web space hosting services (email, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting CP, and so on.) So, the file hosting service is just a type of a disk storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; some firms offer a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting kind is good if you desire to share a vast number of pictures with buddies or associates since the service is mostly free of charge. You will get a randomly generated link for each picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to tackling your e-mails. Some providers offer webspace hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an email solution. If you desire to open an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can set up mailbox accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video clip, or you can embed the video in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this approach instead of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video clip brings about a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video files and a few hundred site visitors, you may have trouble with your webspace hosting resources. Embedding the video file will allow you to use as many video clips as you desire without hassling about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the solution that you require if you desire to keep a web site. To some extent, it contains all of the aforementioned hosting types since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and email aliases, upload videos, and so on. At BrentHost '', for example, you can explore web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that permit you to get all of the abovementioned services in one single location. There may be limitations depending on the type of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your website hosting account may be better or worse compared with the common email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are conceived for specific web content only.