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Sorts of hosting solutions

A hosting solution includes keeping and/or sharing specific web content on a web server administered by a website hosting vendor. There are different forms of hosting services used for various ends, so let's have a glimpse at them. Thus, you can pick what you need, depending on whether you wish to build a site, mail aliases, or to share files with pals and partners.

- File hosting: a solution distributed by various web hosts, which lets you share bulky files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This solution is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. The moment the files are uploaded, you will either obtain a randomly generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to read a record of all the files in a directory, but you will not be able to open .html or .php web site files in your web browser. Free-of-charge file storage accounts are often supported by displaying ads next to the download links, while a timer makes you wait for a specific spell of time to see them. A single file can be downloaded with restricted speed. If you own a paid file hosting package, there are no limits as to how many files you can upload/download right away, and also there is no limitation when it comes to the download speed or the file size.

These days, with the assistance of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modish "cloud hosting". This is a totally imprecise interpretation of the real definition of "cloud hosting". A real cloud website hosting environment would assign the load between independent groups of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving various web hosting services (mail, web space, statistics, DNS, databases, site hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a brand of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.

- Image hosting: resembling file hosting; specific corporations provide a hosting service for pictures exclusively. This hosting brand is good if you desire to share a vast amount of pictures with friends or partners since the service is generally free. You will obtain a random link for each and every image or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting service, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the solution cannot be used for sites.

- E-mail hosting: a solution dedicated to taking care of your email aliases. Some providers provide web site hosting services for sites, but do not supply an email hosting service. If you wish to keep an e-mail address with your domain name but do not want to own a website, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can create email box 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 permits you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a specific video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web page that is hosted somewhere else. The benefit of availing of this method in lieu of uploading the video file in a hosting account is that the video file creates a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a bunch of video files and a few hundred site viewers, you may have a problem with your web space hosting quotas. Embedding the video will allow you to have as many videos as you wish without hassling about system reserves.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you wish to keep a website. To some degree, it incorporates all of the aforesaid hosting sorts since, along with your web pages, you can also host pictures and files, you can set up databases and e-mail address accounts, upload videos, etc. At Rai Hosting, for instance, you can take a glance at web hosting and dedicated web hosting accounts that permit you to have all of the aforesaid services in one single location. There may be restrictions depending on the sort of hosting solution that you've chosen - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting account, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your website hosting plan may be better or worse in comparison with the usual e-mail/file/video/image hosting plans that are created for particular web content exclusively.