Kinds of hosting services
A hosting service implies storing and/or sharing certain web content on a web hosting server run by a web hosting supplier. There are various groups of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's study these. Thus, you can decide what you want, on the basis of whether you'd like to build a blog, email accounts, or to share files with comrades and partners.
- File hosting: a service made available by some providers, which enables you to share bulky files. These could be disk images, movies, audio files, archived files, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole objective is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web site files in your browser. Free-of-cost file storage services frequently involve ads next to the download links, while a timer obliges you to await a certain interval of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you get a paid file hosting package, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download instantly, and also there is no limitation in regard to the download speed or the file size.
At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting suppliers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more voguish "cloud hosting". This is a totally inappropriate explanation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting system would distribute the load between autonomous sets of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to attending miscellaneous hosting services (email, data storage, statistics, DNS, databases, hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting service is only a variety of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; specific companies provide a hosting service for pictures solely. This hosting kind is suitable if you desire to share a vast amount of pics with comrades or colleagues since the solution is usually free. You will receive a random link for every pic or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for websites.
- E-mail hosting: a solution committed to managing your mails. Some companies provide web space hosting services for web pages, but do not supply an email service. If you desire to launch an e-mail address with your domain name but do not wish to have a web site, then the email hosting solution is what you need. You can create e-mail accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a particular video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video brings about a given amount of CPU load, so with a bunch of videos and several hundred web site visitors, you may have a hard time with your hosting resources. Embedding the video file will permit you to utilize as many video files as you desire without hassling about system quotas.
- Web site hosting: this is the service that you require if you desire to possess a web site. To some extent, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting sorts since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can have databases and email box accounts, upload videos, etc. At Malta Host, for instance, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that permit you to get all of the aforementioned services in a single place. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the conventional e-mail/file/video/image hosting accounts that are planned for particular content exclusively.