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How to Choose a Web Host
« on: October 11, 2008, 01:41:28 PM »
I find this tip very useful for beginners and those who are having problems with their current webhosting providers.


How to Choose a Web Host

To create a Web site for your business, you need to find a place to store your files. One choice is to let your internet service provider (ISP) host your Web site — most ISPs provide some amount of server space as part of a standard dialup Internet access account. An advantage to this is that you won\'t have to pay extra for hosting services, although some ISPs can\'t provide the bandwidth or the reliability needed for a fully functional business site.

True Web hosting companies resemble ISPs in that they also provide servers connected to the Internet. But good Web hosts invest in more powerful servers and faster, more direct connections to the Internet. A Web hosting service is also likely to offer other features that you can\'t get from a regular ISP, such as special commerce servers that provide additional security for online transactions.


Factors to consider when you choose a Web host include:

Server space. Initially, 10MB of disk space on a server should be enough for a typical business site. If your site has lots of graphics or multimedia files, you may need much more room; many hosts offer 100MB or more of disk space at reasonable rates. Also, find out whether email, log files and other "overhead" files count against your space limit — once you exceed your disk quota, the hosting service will charge a penalty. It\'s always better to have too much space than too little.

Traffic. Your host may impose a limit on how much traffic your site can attract each month before you have to pay a surcharge. You don\'t want an increasingly popular site to suddenly become a financial liability, so look for a plan that offers unlimited traffic or at least low over-limit charges.

Support. Make sure you can get technical support during the hours you\'re most likely to need it. When you evaluate a hosting service, call its support lines a few times to see how long it takes to get through.

Other features. Make sure you can get your own domain name (www.yourbusiness.com) rather than one incorporating the name of your host (www.hostname.com/yourbusiness). Most hosting sites will register a domain name for you at no extra charge (although you\'ll still have to pay the standard registration fee). Also check into how many email addresses you get and whether they support aliases, which allow you to set up addresses such as http://www.allbusiness.com/technology/i ... 682-1.html[/color]

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How to Choose a Web Host
« on: October 11, 2008, 01:41:28 PM »

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Re: How to Choose a Web Host
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2008, 02:05:29 PM »
Nice articles above...

In addition, some important features are as follows

1. Disk space. if you only need space below 350MB, then you do not need to pay. there are many free hosting company offering it.

2. Bandwidth data transfer....bigger is better. some free hosting company offering 1GB bandwidth.

3. Fantastico.....for blogging such as wordpress, joomla etc

4. CRON....if you need to post automatically. say you have 100 articles, you plan to post it everyday so you web/blog look fresh everyday and you have no time to do it by yourself...here CRON is very helpful to do it automatically.

5. autoresponder

6. etc, but 5 above is very useful for you.

have a look on this free hosting company,.grab it while it is free.


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