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Varieties of hosting solutions

A hosting solution is related to depositing and/or sharing certain web content on a server managed by a hosting company. There are different varieties of hosting services used for various aims, so let's examine these. In that way, you can determine what you want, depending on whether you wish to have a web page, e-mail aliases, or to share files with pals and associates.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by particular companies, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, films, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not offer web site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to view a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web page files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage plans often involve ads beside the download links, while a timer compels you to await a certain span of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you run a paid file storage plan, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is an entirely inappropriate interpretation of the literal connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting platform would divide the workload between autonomous packs of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving different webspace hosting services (email, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a sort of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain vendors offer a hosting solution for pictures exclusively. This hosting variant is suitable if you want to share an enormous amount of pictures with chums or colleagues since the solution is generally free. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every 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 pages.

- Email hosting: a solution dedicated to administering your email mailbox accounts. Some companies provide hosting solutions for web sites, but do not supply an e-mail service. If you would like to launch an email address with your domain name but do not wish to have a web site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you need. You can open email mailbox accounts and manage them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves 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 specific video, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of using this approach in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video generates a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with a few videos and several hundred website visitors, you may have trouble with your web hosting resources. Embedding the video file will permit you to use as many videos as you wish without worrying about system quotas.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you need if you want to possess a web site. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting brands since, along with your websites, you can also host pictures and files, you can create databases and mailbox accounts, upload videos, and so on. At AIDA Host, for instance, you can examine web hosting and dedicated web hosting services that permit you to get all of the abovementioned solutions in one single location. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting plan, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based 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 created for particular web content exclusively.