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Sorts of hosting services

A hosting service applies to keeping and/or sharing specific web content on a hosting server hosted by a website hosting supplier. There are various groups of hosting services utilized for various goals, so let's have a gaze at these. Thus, you can pick what you need, based on whether you'd like to establish a website, e-mails, or to share files with mates and colleagues.

- File hosting: a service offered by particular providers, which permits you to share enormous files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole purpose is to share files, since it does not offer web page 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 explore a roster of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file hosting accounts are often supported by exhibiting advertisements beside the download links, while a timer obliges you to wait for a particular amount of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you have a paid file hosting account, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limitation with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting traders, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a totally twisted explanation of the real connotation of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would allot the tasks at hand between separate packs of web hosting servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving miscellaneous web page hosting services (email, disk storage, statistics, DNS, databases, website hosting CP, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a type of a storage space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; some providers provide a hosting service for images solely. This hosting brand is appropriate if you wish to share an immense quantity of images with friends or colleagues since the solution is generally free of charge. You will receive a randomly generated link for each image or album and you can then share this link. As with the file storage service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to tackling your e-mail addresses. Some firms offer web hosting services for websites, but do not offer an email service. If you would like to keep an email address with your domain name but do not want to run a site, then the e-mail hosting service is what you require. You can create e-mail box accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting solution includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to some video file, or you can embed the video clip in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this method instead of uploading the video clip in a hosting account is that the video produces a specific amount of CPU load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred visitors, you may have a hard time with your site hosting resources. Embedding the video file will permit you to run as many video files as you want to without bothering about system resources.

- Web hosting: this is the solution that you need if you want to run a website. To a certain extent, it comprises all of the abovementioned hosting forms since, along with your web pages, you can also host images and files, you can run databases and mail aliases, upload videos, etc. At NTC Hosting, for example, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting plans that allow you to get all of the aforementioned solutions in one single place. There may be limitations depending on the form of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your web page hosting package may be better or worse compared to the routine e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are tailored for specific web content only.