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Groups of hosting services

A hosting solution entails storing and/or sharing given content on a server administered by a web hosting provider. There are different groups of hosting services used for different goals, so let's review these. In that way, you can conclude what you need, on the basis of whether you wish to run a site, e-mail addresses, or to share files with buddies and associates.

- File hosting: a service made available by certain vendors, which lets you share immense files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, etc. This service is also known as file storage, and its single function is to share files, since it does not offer web page uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either get a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to see a table of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to see .html or .php web files in your browser. Free file storage services often involve adverts beside the download links, while a timer forces you to wait for a certain period of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage account, there are no limitations as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

Nowadays, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchandisers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more stylish "cloud hosting". This is a completely improper interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would split the workload between individual sets of web servers in a cluster, which are dedicated to serving various site hosting services (mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, web page hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting solution is merely a type of a disk storage hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; certain corporations offer a hosting service for images only. This hosting type is good if you desire to share a large amount of pics with buddies or partners since the service is typically free of charge. You will get a random link for each picture or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not supported, so the service cannot be used for web pages.

- Email hosting: a service devoted to managing your email address accounts. Some companies provide web page hosting services for websites, but do not supply an email hosting service. If you would like to possess a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to own a website, then the email hosting service is what you need. You can create mail address accounts and manage them, but there will be no web service for the domains. The email hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP email servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share video files. You can either share a link to a particular video, or you can embed the video in your website that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of using this method in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video file produces a specific amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and several hundred website visitors, you may have difficulty with your webspace hosting quotas. Embedding the video file will permit you to administer as many video files as you wish without bothering about system reserves.

- Website hosting: this is the solution that you need if you wish to run a website. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting forms since, along with your websites, you can also host pics and files, you can run databases and email aliases, upload videos, etc. At Arcos Host, for example, you can take a gaze at web hosting and dedicated web server hosting packages that allow you to have all of the aforesaid services in a single place. There may be restrictions based on the type of hosting solution that you've selected - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your webspace hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the normal email/file/video/image hosting plans that are intended for specific content solely.