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A hosting solution concerns stockpiling and/or sharing specific content on a server run by a hosting distributor. There are various forms of hosting services utilized for different aims, so let's have a peek at them. Thus, you can choose what you need, depending on whether you desire to own a site, mailbox accounts, or to share files with pals and associates.

- File hosting: a solution supplied by particular file storage providers, which enables you to share big files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived files, etc. This solution is also known as file storage, and its single aim is to share files, since it does not support website uploading. As soon as 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 register of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to open .html or .php website files in your web browser. Free file hosting solutions frequently involve ads beside the download links, while a timer forces you to await a given stretch of time to view them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you purchase a paid file hosting plan, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download immediately, and also there is no limit with regard to the download speed or the file size.

At the moment, with the help of the cPanel hosting merchants, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more modern "cloud hosting". This is an entirely distorted interpretation of the literal denotation of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud website hosting environment would apportion the tasks at hand between independent packs of web servers in a cluster, which are devoted to serving different web space hosting services (email, web space, stats, DNS, databases, web space hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is merely a kind of a disk space hosting solution, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even close.

- Image hosting: close to file hosting; specific corporations provide a hosting solution for pictures only. This hosting brand is appropriate if you wish to share a great number of pictures with mates or partners since the solution is usually free of charge. You will obtain a randomly generated link for every 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 utilized for web sites.

- E-mail hosting: a service devoted to administering your e-mailbox accounts. Some distributors offer site hosting solutions for websites, but do not provide an email service. If you wish to manage a mail address with your domain name but do not desire to possess a site, then the e-mail hosting solution is what you require. You can set up mail address accounts and administer them, but there will be no hosting service for the domains. The email hosting service involves incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP e-mail servers.

- Video hosting: this service enables you to upload and share video clips. You can either share a link to a given video, or you can embed the video file in your website that is hosted somewhere else. The advantage of using this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video produces a certain amount of central processing unit load, so with a handful of video clips and a few hundred visitors, you may have a problem with your web space hosting resources. Embedding the video clip will permit you to possess as many videos as you wish without bothering about system resources.

- Web site hosting: this is the solution that you require if you want to keep a website. To a certain degree, it comprises all of the aforementioned hosting variants since, along with your sites, you can also host pics and files, you can keep databases and e-mail addresses, upload videos, and so on. At Papua Web Hosting, for instance, you can take a look at web hosting and dedicated web hosting packages that enable you to have all of the abovementioned services in one place. There may be limitations based on the form of hosting solution that you've picked - a free hosting account, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your site hosting plan may be better or worse compared with the routine email/file/video/image hosting packages that are created for specific content exclusively.