Kinds of hosting services
There are various types of hosting services. The most popular and widely used of them are:
Web hosting is the most widespread hosting service. This type of hosting allows your website to be assessable on the Internet 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Website itself is being hosted on a web server most often located in a specialized data center.
Web server offers a certain set of software packages, uninterrupted Internet connectivity, which offer additional services such as databases, e-mail, ftp, as well as an environment for utilizing different programming languages such as: perl, java, xhtml, php, html and others.
File hosting is very close to web hosting. Difference is that the server stores files, not web applications and websites. Main advantages of file hosting are the safe storage of information and its accessibility across the Internet all the computers with adequate transfer speed can take advantage of it.
It is most often used for storing and archiving large chunks of data so that they are accessible from different parts of the world. Large corporations consisting of many branches often resort to file hosting.
Image hosting is a specialized file hosting service whereby only image files are being stored on the server. It allows for easy and unrestricted sharing of graphics, images, and other materials, which can be conveniently used for example on various ecommerce platforms, online forums, etc, which usually disallow the uploading of images and photos of very large size and resolution for the purpose of decreasing bandwidth.
E-mail hosting is a type of hosting specialized in offering electronic mail services. E-mail hosting is usually offered together with web hosting or at least with domain hosting, and allows for the creation of an e-mail address of the firstname.lastname@example.org type.
The clients of the email hosting service also get large size mailboxes and the possibility to send many e-mails every day. Most email service providers offers access to the mailbox not only through a web interface, also through POP3 and IMAP protocols, which renders the service accessible via both a web browser and specialized e-mail client software.
Of course, the types of hosting depending on the offered services do not end with the abovementioned; database hosting, domain hosting, etc. are encountered as well.
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