There are many free web hosting options on the web, but do some research before you use one for your online business.

Written by Syd Johnson

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What happens if you want to switch to another company beforerepparttar period is up? Sometimes there’s a charge to keeprepparttar 134373 domain name or to transfer it. This should be clearly stated in their FAQ's or inrepparttar 134374 text ofrepparttar 134375 hosting contract before you agree to use their service.

Do you have enough bandwidth? Many free web hosting services are providing their services in such a way that you will need to upgrade your hosting package if your site has any degree of minor success. The tipping point is usually bandwidth. That is a measure of how much text, pictures, ftps etc. you can send to your web customers every month.

The Bandwidth in your contract is measured on a monthly basis. Checkrepparttar 134376 contract to see if there are any fees for going over your monthly amount, or if you will lose your free hosting privileges.

Free host today, no host tomorrow There is a very high turnover for free web hosting services that heavily depend on advertising revenue. Evenrepparttar 134377 most successful web companies will find that their advertising revenue varies on a monthly basis. Willrepparttar 134378 company suddenly go out business if they hit a three month slump?

There should be a written policy on what happens to your content if they site suddenly goes out of business. Can you still access your files? Is there an alternative URL or login site with your information? How much time do you have?

You are only as reliable as your hosting service Check outrepparttar 134379 statistics onrepparttar 134380 uptime for their servers. This applies to any hosting service, whether you are paying or not. If their uptime is inrepparttar 134381 low 90’s and below, then try to find another hosting provider.

You are taking a big risk if you use a free web hosting services for your business site. The inability to control your advertising, high turnover rates amongrepparttar 134382 free hosting providers, and variable contracts usually spells disaster for e-commerce sites.

To run a successful online venture, 24-hour live customer service, high uptimes ratios and control of your advertising space is a must. These features are alsorepparttar 134383 major weaknesses ofrepparttar 134384 average free hosting provider.

A better option for you company would be to sign up for an affordable or cheap web hosting provider. You will have many service options in this category and can usually avoidrepparttar 134385 limitations ofrepparttar 134386 free hosting companies.

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Network Monitoring for Serious eCommerce

Written by David Leonhardt

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Firewalls: Many businesses use firewalls to protect their internal network from un-authorized traffic, such as spyware, viruses and sabotage by competitors. Furthermore, a firewall is your first line of defense. If your firewall goes down, your whole network may actually become inaccessible from outside. In other words, if you host your own web site and mail servers, those will become inaccessible torepparttar outside world if your firewall goes down. Once again, remote network monitoring is required to detect that a problem exists and quickly get it repaired.

Internet connections: Users come to your network from multiple backbones, depending onrepparttar 134372 company they use to connect torepparttar 134373 Internet and their location. It is important to ensure that your connection performs well for each user. A remote monitoring service can ping your networks from multiple locations aroundrepparttar 134374 world, thus testing most major routes to your web server or network. Before hiring a network monitoring service, check to see that they have both your customer geography andrepparttar 134375 Internet backbone layout covered.

Very few websites of any size and functionality are anything less than a complete network, and many networks rely on servers in different parts ofrepparttar 134376 world.

A good network monitoring service can ensure, as a base, that all servers are properly functioning, that data can be sent to and received from each server, and that each function sharingrepparttar 134377 server responds as required. An advanced network monitoring service can even remotely monitorrepparttar 134378 temperature of your servers.

What you need to monitor depends on how extensive your network is. A network monitoring expert can help you determine what needs monitoring. If you ownrepparttar 134379 servers, or are remotely hosted on dedicated servers, you most likely need everything monitored. If your site is hosted on shared servers, you might need fewer functions monitored.

David Leonhardt is a freelance writer and SEO consultant. Contact him at He wrote this article for Dotcom-Monitor: Read more on network monitoring: Read more on website monitoring:

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