Types of hosting services

A hosting service is associated with depositing and/or sharing particular content on a server hosted by a hosting company. There are different types of hosting services utilized for various goals, so let's have a look at them. In that way, you can choose what you need, depending on whether you wish to launch a web site, e-mail box accounts, or to share files with chums and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service made available by certain providers, which enables you to share large files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single aim is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. Once the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly created download link for each of them, or you will be able to read an inventory of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting solutions are often supported by showing adverts beside the download links, while a timer compels you to await a certain spell of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you get a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting corporations, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is an entirely unsuitable explanation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would apportion the tasks at hand between separate stacks of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving miscellaneous site hosting services (mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, web space hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is just a kind of a data storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; certain firms offer a hosting service for pictures only. This hosting kind is appropriate if you would like to share a large amount of images with comrades or acquaintances since the solution is usually free. You will receive a random link for each image 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 websites.

- E-mail hosting: a service dedicated to managing your e-mail accounts. Some distributors provide hosting solutions for web pages, but do not provide an email hosting service. If you want to run a mail address with your domain name but do not want to have a website, then the e-mail hosting service is what you want. You can open e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.

- Video hosting: this service allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a given video clip, or you can embed the video in your web page that is hosted elsewhere. The advantage of using this method in lieu of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video produces a given amount of CPU load, so with a few video files and several hundred web site viewers, you may have a hard time with your hosting reserves. Embedding the video file will allow you to operate as many video clips as you would like without worrying about system resources.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to keep a site. To some degree, it encompasses all of the aforementioned hosting brands since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can set up databases and email addresses, upload videos, and so on. At BRANDLIFE Hosting, for example, you can view web hosting and dedicated server hosting packages that allow you to have all of the abovementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limits depending on the form of hosting service that you've opted for - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your web hosting account may be better or worse in comparison with the routine e-mail/file/video/image hosting packages that are devised for specific web content solely.