Hosting Packages Unveiled
A hosting service means stashing and/or sharing specific content on a web hosting server managed by a hosting provider. There are various categories of hosting services used for various ends, so let's have a glimpse at them. Doing so, you can conclude what you want, based on whether you'd like to set up a web site, mail accounts, or to share files with mates and partners.
- File hosting: a service made available by some vendors, which lets you share enormous files. These could be disk images, motion pictures, audio files, archived documents, and so on. This service is also known as file storage, and its sole function is to share files, since it does not support site uploading. As soon as the files are uploaded, you will either obtain an accidentally generated download link for each of them, or you will be able to explore a record of all the files in a directory, but you will be unable to load .html or .php web files in your web browser. Free-of-cost file hosting solutions frequently include adverts by the download links, while a timer makes you await a given spell of time to observe them. A given file can be downloaded with limited speed. If you possess a paid file storage account, there are no restrictions as to how many files you can upload/download at once, and also there is no restriction with regard to the download speed or the file size.
Now, with the help of the cPanel hosting retailers, "file hosting" is being renamed to the more trendy "cloud hosting". This is an entirely inappropriate interpretation of the literal definition of "cloud hosting". An actual cloud hosting platform would split the tasks at hand between separate packs of servers in a cluster, which are committed to serving different hosting services (electronic mail, disk space, stats, DNS, databases, website hosting Control Panel, etc.) So, the file hosting service is simply a variety of a storage space hosting service, not a cloud hosting one. It's not even near.
- Image hosting: similar to file hosting; certain distributors provide a hosting service for images exclusively. This hosting variant is suitable if you would like to share a great quantity of pictures with buddies or partners since the solution is mostly free. You will receive a randomly generated link for every pic or album and you can subsequently share this link. As with the file hosting solution, .html and .php files are not compatible, so the service cannot be used for web sites.
- Email hosting: a solution dedicated to tackling your emails. Some distributors offer hosting services for websites, but do not offer an email solution. If you wish to have an e-mail address with your domain but do not desire to possess a website, then the email hosting solution is what you require. You can create email mailbox accounts and administer them, but there will be no web solution for the domain name. The e-mail hosting service includes incoming POP/IMAP and outgoing SMTP servers.
- Video hosting: this solution enables you to upload and share videos. You can either share a link to a certain video file, or you can embed the video clip in your web site that is hosted elsewhere. The benefit of availing of this approach instead of uploading the video clip in a web hosting account is that the video generates a particular amount of CPU load, so with a couple of video clips and several hundred web page viewers, you may have a hard time with your hosting resources. Embedding the video will permit you to own as many videos as you want without hassling about system reserves.
- Hosting: this is the service that you require if you wish to have a site. To some extent, it includes all of the aforementioned hosting variants since, along with your web sites, you can also host images and files, you can set up databases and e-mails, upload videos, and so on. At Merlin Internet Services you can view shared hosting and dedicated server solutions that enable you to get all of the aforesaid services in a single location. There may be restrictions depending on the kind of hosting service that you've settled on - a free web hosting package, a paid shared hosting package, a VPS or a dedicated server. Depending on that, your hosting account may be better or worse juxtaposed to the standard email/file/video/image hosting packages that are created for specific web content only.
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||1 website hosted|
|30-Day Free Trial||30-Day Free Trial||30-Day Free Trial||30-Day Free Trial|
|$8.33 / month||$16.67 / month||$20.83 / month||$5.83 / month|