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File hosting service is an Internet hosting service that is exclusively designed for hosting user files. The word hosting indicates that only user data is stored on the back end for Internet and related services. The stored data may belong to one or more users. The users can later access or retrieve this data through FTP or HTTP.
The stored data may include images, videos, audio, data files, software, manuals, tutorials or E-books. Different storage providers offer file hosting services with a monthly or annual subscription fee.
File hosting service is also known as online file storage.
Not everyone can afford a file server for data storage and retrieval. Like other services, file hosting is provided by many file storage providers. File hosting services can be further categorized into many sub-services, including:
There is another form of file hosting known as one-click hosting. Different one-click hosting services are available for data storage. These allow the user to upload or download data to or from their local hard drives with just one click, often for free. These services are offered through Web-based applications and only one URL is required to get the homepage or interface that provides the platform for such activities.