How to Select a Web Site Host

Written by Mike Snyder

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Make sure to reviewrepparttar hosting company's terms and FAQ concerning their dedicated servers to determine if their service is right for you.


Forrepparttar 134341 companies that do not have 24 hour support, you will have to determine if their phone support hours meet your specific needs. Make sure to noterepparttar 134342 location ofrepparttar 134343 company and offsetrepparttar 134344 support times for your time zone. If you plan on working on your web site during all hours ofrepparttar 134345 day, make sure to choose a company with 24/7 phone support; otherwise, you will have to wait for them to open before you can get help to solve your problem.


Common Gateway Interface (CGI) is a program, also know as scripts, that can be run on a website to makerepparttar 134346 site more dynamic. CGI programs can be written in PERL, C, Unix shell, and countless other languages. It is best to select a hosting plan that allows CGI because you will undoubtedly run across an application or game that you want to modify or include on your site.

There are many resources onrepparttar 134347 web that list free CGI scirpts and countless companies offering CGI scripts for you to buy.


MySQL is used for creating and maintaining web based databases. If you anticipating having some data on your site that your users might want to sort you will probably need to find a web host that supports MySQL. Some hosting companies specify how many databases you can have on your site and charge an additional monthly fee if you want more. You will have to determine how many databases you will need and selectrepparttar 134348 appropriate web hosting plan.


FrontPage is a website creation and management what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) tool developed by Microsoft. The files generated by FrontPage may have extentions asscoiated with them. If you are using FrontPage to develop your site, you will need to make sure thatrepparttar 134349 hosting plan you choose supports FrontPage extentions or your web pages may not display properly, if at all.

Server Operating System (OS)

For most basic websites you will not have worry about which OS your web hosting company is using. Most plans are running on either Unix or Linux. For some unique web site features, you may need a Windows based server.

Setup Fee

Some hosting companies charge a setup fee when your account is created. This is usually a one time fee and may be waived, in some cases, when you pre-pay for your service. Checkrepparttar 134350 hosting company's terms carefully to determinerepparttar 134351 details of their setup fee.

SPAM Filter

Most hosting plans include some type of SPAM filter for your e-mail accounts. This feature can come in very handy if you are using POP email accounts.

Shopping Cart

Some hosting companies provide shopping cart features as part of their hosting plan. You do not have to worry about this featue if your web site is not selling products. Also, there are many different third party shopping cart applications and CGI scripts available onrepparttar 134352 web that you may choose to implement on your web site such asrepparttar 134353 ones found at PayPal.

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What Is Web Hosting?

Written by Sean Felker

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The responsibility ofrepparttar shopping mall owner is to keep and maintainrepparttar 134340 building in a top condition for your business to prosper. Inrepparttar 134341 exact same manner, a hosting company invests a lot of money to set up high-speed connections and a full-fledged data center. And as a small business owner, you may rent virtual space onrepparttar 134342 web to set up your store and offer your products or services torepparttar 134343 world.

When you set up your account it will also be empty and it will be up to you to design your own website (or hire a web designer to build one for you), and to advertise it torepparttar 134344 world. for more information on web hosting please visit:

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