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7.PHP & Coldfusion – ColdFusion is a server-side scripting language web development tool. It uses HTML-like tags called CFML to enable back-end ODBC database connectivity as well as data manipulation and validation within webpages.. This is again an advanced option and NOT every hosting provider provide this. But PHP, Mysql is also bundled with windows hosting plans. Keep an eye on both of these.
8.Control Panel – This is nucleus of your website. In a Control Panel, popularly known as CP, you can literally do anything. The moment you signup for a Hosting Pack, you must be provided with a CP to manage your webspace.
9.POP3 email Ids & Aliases - firstname.lastname@example.org is an example POP3 ID. You must be provided with ample of POP3 email ids and it depends on Package size.
10.FTP Account – This is where you upload your files, delete them, update them. This again comes along with CP.
11.Backup – Most of Hosts take Automated Backups. But users do not take much care on this while choosing Hosting Pack. This feature is as essential as anyother in this list.
12.Web Statistics - Analysis of your website visitors plays a key role in success of your website. Say, your website has been launched and you get NIL Visits or More than 100 Visits per day. Whatever case may be, you can view Report using Statistics Application that run in server backend.
13.Bandwidth – Choose Hosting Plan that gives enough Bandwidth for your website. Even though you cannot judge at beginning, as time progresses, you can easily deduct Bandwidth required.
14.Webmail, SMTP & SPAM – Email becomes key part in your life once you launch website. Check if Hosts provide with WEBMAIL (mail.yourdomain.com) to check your mails thru a web based interface using Squirrelmail or Horde. Corporate Users prefer downloading mails thru Email Clients such as Eudora or Outlook Express. Only if SMTP or IMAP support is enabled you can use this option. Hence check if SMTP support is provided.No email user is free from a spam attack. Hence you need to have Spam Filters installed on server where your website resides.
15.IP – If your website prefers SSL Support (https://) as time grows, makes ure you get a DEDICATED IP. Most of websites are hosted on shared IPs. Ask your Hosting Provider about extra charges involved in getting a dedicated IP and SSL Support. Note : For SSL (https://), you need to buy a Digital Certificate.
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Teeyes Siva Sales Head – Aalphanet.com
Teeyes Siva heads the Sales Operations @ aalpha NET (www.aalphanet.com) , India’s leading domain name registration, web hosting service provider. He can be reached @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 00 91 452 3105858.