Free SWF Hosting
If you are an Internet business owner, chances are you may be the proud owner of several Internet websites. On these websites, there may be different types of content - static text, videos, MP3 audio files, and more.
In recent times, a popular file format known as SWF files has been rising in popularity. SWF format files initially started as animated streaming files, and was created by a popular software known as Flash (released by Macromedia). Streaming allows the web visitor to view content without having to wait for the entire file to finish loading. On top of that, SWF allows streaming of vector graphics, which means that the file size is relatively small, and downloading is a breeze.
However, as bandwidth continues to increase, many households now own broadband internet access. With more bandwidth, developers find it easier to release all sorts of content. Soon, content such as MP3 media files (podcasts), streaming videos, etc,. started to take off on the Internet. And guess what format they are released in? The popular SWF file format of course!
But new media SWF files are slightly different from traditional SWF files. Because they contain more contain (hours of video footages in a single file), the file size also tend to be quite large. Instead of 100k to 200k, a video SWF can be several megabytes. The files can be viewed over the Internet, using a modern web browser and a broad band Internet connection.
Streaming is still used for viewing files. Obviously, for the viewing experience to be pleasant enough, the files should be hosted on fast servers with high speed connections.
There are several ways you can ensure that your web visitors are able to stream the content whenever they need to. Your first option, is to look towards paid servers. There are tons of options available. You can choose to purchase a shared package, a VPS (Virtual private server) package, or a dedicated server package.
If you choose to host your files on a shared server, be prepared for a flaky download experience. That's because hundreds of different websites may be hosted on the same server. And that could cause the server to slow down to a crawl at times. If you want more reliable services, you can opt to host your files on a dedicated server. A dedicated server gives you more control over your websites, and only you alone decide what to host on the server. The downside is, one single dedicated server cost a lot more than a shared hosting plan.
Recently, a new website was released, offering free SWF hosting. You can upload your SWF files to the server, and host your HTML web pages elsewhere. Whenever someone attempts to view the content, the HTML web page will load the SWF files from the free server. This will help solve all your bandwidth and hosting issues.
Everyday more and more web hosting companies are offering unlimited web hosting. From Bluehost to Lunarpages to Ipowerweb, why offer some if you can offer everything? Previously, majority of these web hosts were offering web hosting accounts with massive resources but less than eighty percent of these people even use the capacity to their full potential. All they do is upload content with a few pictures. While there are other people who just massively upload content to their website for storage and other stuff.
It is similar to the eighty twenty rule which states that majority of the sales are done by twenty percent of the population, while the other eighty percent perform poorer sales. These web hosts are forced to offer unlimited because rather than compete on space, as soon as another competitor offer more, they offer everything. Whether you offer more or less space, it is done with just a simple fix of a button on a website's control panel. There is nothing needed or special or extra work at all that has to be done for increased capacity of the web hosts besides selecting the other options. With unlimited hosting, each company now has to offer other features such as Ruby on Rails in order to remain competitive.
In the old days, people used to fear that if they went to a host with unlimited resources, performances will usually be downgraded. But nowadays hardware is cheap enough and storage is cheap enough where that fear is secondary compared to everything else. Performances will not be degraded, because web software are written cleaner and sites are designed better than before. In the future though, all web hosting companies will offer unlimited resources, otherwise people will just leave and join elsewhere.