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Groups of hosting services

A hosting service entails storing and/or sharing specific content on a server hosted by a hosting company. There are different types of hosting services utilized for different ends, so let's take a glimpse at them. Doing so, you can decide what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to build a web site, mail accounts, or to share files with friends and partners.

- File hosting: a service made available by some hosts, which permits you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole objective is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly created 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 not be able to open .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting packages are often supported by exhibiting advertisements beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a specific interval of time to observe them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you buy a paid file storage plan, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly amiss interpretation of the actual definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would allocate the load between individual bunches of hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to attending different web page hosting services (email, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a brand of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain suppliers offer a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting variant is suitable if you would like to share a great number of pics with buddies or associates since the solution is generally free of cost. You will get a randomly generated link for each pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not supported, so the solution cannot be utilized for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to handling your mail address accounts. Some distributors offer web space hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you would like to have an email address with your domain name but do not wish to keep a site, then the email hosting service is what you require. You can set up e-mail address 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 mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video clip, or you can embed the video file in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video file produces a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and several hundred site viewers, you may have a hard time with your web page hosting resources. Embedding the video file will permit you to run as many video files as you would like without hassling about system reserves.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you wish to have a website. To some degree, it incorporates all of the aforementioned hosting brands since, along with your web pages, you can also host pics and files, you can set up databases and e-mail accounts, upload video files, etc. At Advance Computer Group, for instance, you can have a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting plans that allow you to have all of the abovementioned services in one place. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web space hosting package may be better or worse compared with the routine e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are intended for particular content exclusively.