Are There Different Types of Hosting Services?
In a previous blog article, we looked at some of the different types of Web Hosting Services. Now the natural next question is …
‘Are there different types of hosting services?’
In YOUR business, you may need more than web hosting. Let’s see if the answer to your question is in this article, as we discuss some of the hosting services available.
Hosting services designed for very specific needs are:
- File Hosting
- Image Hosting
- Video Hosting
- Blog Hosting
Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these hosting services.
File Hosting may also be referred to as online/internet storage. It typically hosts user files, and may also offer:
- Content Caching,
- File Sync and Share, or
- Personal File Storage
If you need personal file back-up, file access and file distribution, then Personal File Storage is for you. A good example is Google Drive. It allows you to upload files to a server, and those files are then accessible from any where via the internet, and is usually password protected. Think of it as an old fashioned filing cabinet … in cyberspace … something like this:
Similar to File Hosting, your images/photos are stored online on a server (virtual photo album, if you like). Good examples are Google Photos and Flickr
Some hosts allows for multiple uploads as ZIP files (reduced size/compressed content file) or FTP access (file transfer protocol). Links are available to embed on your website to create a thumbnail (reduced-sized version of an image/video). When clicking on the thumbnail image, the visitor to your website is redirected to the image host server to view the full picture/video.
The most well known video hosting service is YouTube! Video hosts offer users the capability to upload, store and share their video content online. Viewers access the video directly from the host platform, or you may embed a link on your website.
There are many benefits to using a video host, so make sure to do your research!
Similar to having a web host for your website, if you want to publish a blog online, you will need a BLOG HOST. Here are some features blog hosts may offer you in terms of blog-software:
- Storage Space and Bandwidth – for your articles, images and video clips
- One-click Installation – Easily install a range of popular applications
- Database Support – this includes backup, monitoring, clearing logs and more
There are many hosting companies offering various services, so make sure you do your homework before committing to anyone of them, be it for personal use, or for your business. Make sure their services fit your unique requirements.
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