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Groups of hosting services

A hosting solution implies stashing and/or sharing specific content on a server run by a website hosting distributor. There are different varieties of hosting services used for different goals, so let's have a glance at them. Thus, you can pick what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to have a weblog, email box accounts, or to share files with friends and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution offered by particular hosts, which allows you to share huge files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived documents, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single goal is to share files, since it does not support web site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a roll of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-charge file storage solutions are frequently supported by showing advertisements next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a certain interval of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting wholesalers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a completely wrong interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would share the load between separate packs of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving different webspace hosting services (electronic mail, disk storage, stats, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a kind of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain firms offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting brand is suitable if you would like to share a great quantity of pics with comrades or colleagues since the solution is usually free. You will receive a randomly generated link for each image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to administering your mail accounts. Some distributors provide web site hosting services for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail hosting solution. If you desire to set up an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to have a web site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you want. You can create mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video file in your 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 brings about a particular amount of CPU load, so with a couple of video files and a few hundred website visitors, you may have a problem with your hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will enable you to own as many videos as you desire without bothering about system supplies.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you need if you would like to have a web site. To some extent, it embodies all of the abovementioned hosting variants since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and email addresses, upload videos, etc. At geniaIT, for example, you can have a glimpse at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting solutions that allow you to have all of the abovementioned services in a single place. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting service that you've settled on - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your webspace hosting plan may be better or worse compared to the common email/file/video/image hosting plans that are tailored for specific content exclusively.