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Classes of hosting solutions

A hosting solution is related to stockpiling and/or sharing specific content on a hosting server hosted by a web hosting supplier. There are various classes of hosting services used for different aims, so let's have a glimpse at them. In this way, you can elect what you want, on the basis of whether you desire to have a website, electronic mail accounts, or to share files with chums and partners.

- File hosting: a solution made available by certain file storage providers, which lets you share enormous files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its only aim is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either get an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view an index of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting plans often include adverts next to 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 restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, 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 providers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a totally twisted interpretation of the literal meaning of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would share the load between autonomous hosts of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving various hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, web site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a variety of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some firms provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting brand is appropriate if you want to share a vast number of images with buddies or associates since the solution is usually free of charge. You will get a randomly generated link for each and every picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for web sites.

- Email hosting: a solution committed to handling your email address accounts. Some vendors provide site hosting services for web sites, but do not offer an email hosting solution. If you wish to own an email address with your domain name but do not want to keep a website, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can open e-mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video in a web hosting account is that the video file generates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a few video files and several hundred web site viewers, you may have trouble with your hosting supplies. Embedding the video file will permit you to administer as many video clips as you want to without worrying about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you would like to keep a website. To a certain extent, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting brands since, along with your websites, you can also host images and files, you can run databases and e-mailbox accounts, upload video clips, and so on. At NTC Hosting, for instance, you can view web hosting and dedicated web server hosting services that allow you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single place. There may be limitations based on the sort of hosting service that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the regular email/file/video/image hosting plans that are planned for specific web content solely.