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Varieties of hosting solutions

A hosting solution is related to saving and/or sharing specific web content on a web server administered by a website hosting distributor. There are different varieties of hosting services utilized for various aims, so let's take a glimpse at them. Doing so, you can pick what you want, on the basis of whether you desire to run a website, e-mail addresses, or to share files with chums and acquaintances.

- File hosting: a solution furnished by some vendors, which lets you share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archives, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole goal is to share files, since it does not support web page uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either receive an accidentally created download link for each of them, or you will be able to examine a register of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to see .html or .php web files in your browser. Free-of-charge file hosting solutions frequently involve ads by the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a specific period of time to see them. A given file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you purchase a paid file storage package, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download straight away, and also there is no limit as far as the download speed and the file size are concerned.

At present, with the help of the cPanel hosting distributors, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is a thoroughly unsuitable interpretation of the real meaning of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting system would assign the tasks at hand between different stacks of servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving various web page hosting services (electronic mail, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, webspace hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a type of a data storage hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: akin to file hosting; specific vendors offer a hosting solution for images exclusively. This hosting type is appropriate if you wish to share a huge number of images with comrades or acquaintances since the solution is generally free of cost. You will receive a random link for each picture or album and you can then share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be utilized for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to tackling your email aliases. Some distributors provide site hosting solutions for web pages, but do not provide an e-mail service. If you wish to set up an email address with your domain name but do not desire to keep a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can create e-mail accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domains. The e-mail hosting solution involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this solution allows you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a specific video clip, or you can embed the video clip in your site that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video in a hosting account is that the video creates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with several video clips and a few hundred viewers, you may have a problem with your webspace hosting reserves. Embedding the video clip will allow you to administer as many video files as you wish without worrying about system resources.

- Web page hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to keep a site. To a certain degree, it involves all of the aforesaid hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can keep databases and mailbox accounts, upload video clips, etc. At NTC Hosting, for instance, you can explore web hosting and dedicated web server hosting accounts that permit you to get all of the aforesaid solutions in one single location. There may be limits based on the kind of hosting service that you've picked - a free hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Based on that, your webspace hosting package may be better or worse compared with the conventional email/file/video/image hosting accounts that are meant for specific content only.