Web Site Hosting For Your Business – Free or Paid?

Written by Calin Indre

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It’s almost a standard for paid web hosting providers to offer features like PHP and MySQL, features that allow your site to grow along with your business needs. With such features you can easily have an online store, offer your customersrepparttar possibility to track their orders etc.

Oftenrepparttar 105952 web hosting provider offers guarantees forrepparttar 105953 uptime ofrepparttar 105954 server, and this avoids unnecessary frustration for your customers. To complement this, support services of higher quality allow your business to overcome possible technical problems easier and faster.

Let’s reviewrepparttar 105955 main points of each option.

Free web hosting:

(+) It's free. No money for space, bandwidth and domain name

(-) Your URL will containrepparttar 105956 mark ofrepparttar 105957 free web-hosting provider and thus would not reflectrepparttar 105958 identity of your business. Changing providers might result in loosing some or allrepparttar 105959 traffic to your online business

(-) Required advertising items such as banners, frames etc have a detrimental effect on your content in terms of accessibility and look, making it very unprofessional (-) If you plan to use banner exchange on your site read carefully their Terms and conditions. Some free hosts doesn't allow it

(-) You will probably have lower bandwidth then a paid host provides and space could also be restricted

(-) Features like PHP and MySQL are rather rare for a free web-hosting provider. Some don’t offer FTP access to your website

(-) It’s common that free hosting providers change their Terms and conditions at some point in time. Consider that no adds today could mean a banner or a popup tomorrow. Such changes could mean thatrepparttar 105960 free hosting service is canceled and only paid web hosting services are offered. At this moment either you pay, either you loose your web site

Paid web hosting:

(-) You will have to pay for it. Usually you have to pay for hosting (space and bandwidth) and forrepparttar 105961 domain name

(+) You can host your own domain. With your unique domain name changing web hosting providers don’t cause loosing your traffic

(+) Support is offered by most paid web hosting providers. This usually means 24/7 support via email or live chat and, in some cases, toll-free phone support is available

(+) The uptime ofrepparttar 105962 server(s) hosting your web site is better then on free host and more and more frequentlyrepparttar 105963 web hosting provider offers uptime guarantee

(+) The amount of enough disk space and bandwidth available is very likely to coverrepparttar 105964 needs of your business

(+) Features like PHP and MySQL are almost standard for a paid hosting plan. Also you will have FTP access to your website.

It could be tempting to embracerepparttar 105965 idea that a free web hosting is good point to start from, but it’s not something you would want to consider if you are looking to establish your business as a serious web presence.

Inrepparttar 105966 end it all comes down to this one question: How big ambitions do you have with your website?

If you look to make some savings while getting your business online, save time instead and register a domain name. The small amount of money saved on web hosting might cost your business customers, and a loss of image.

The cost of a paid web hosting solution is small compared with freedom it gives to your online presence. Yes, freedom of your image, ofrepparttar 105967 way you treat your online presence.

If your online business is important to you, better make that if you care for it at all, when coming torepparttar 105968 decision of opting over free or paid web hosing choose

Keep in mind thatrepparttar 105969 success of your online presence will play a significant role inrepparttar 105970 future growth of your business.

Calin Indre is editor at HostPinPin (www.hostpinpin.com), a Cheap Web Hosting Directory Resource.

HostPinPin.com is a resource for webmasters and consumers looking to find a web hosting company. Providing web hosting reviews, articles, tips.

This article may be reprinted or published without the authors consent as long as the “About” and “weblinks” are kept intact.

Web Site Hosting – An Easy Guide

Written by Calin Indre

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Reseller Web Hosting

When web-hosting providers offer their services, typically with a discount, to a third-party (a reseller that will thus become a web-hosting provider itself) andrepparttar latter subsequently offers web-hosting services under his branding.

Indeed technicallyrepparttar 105951 reseller web hosting is very similar to shared web hosting, as many web sites end up sharing space and bandwidth onrepparttar 105952 same web server.

The resellers usually are web designers or web developers who offer web hosting services as part of their integrated services. Asrepparttar 105953 web-hosting provider offers resellers important discounts,repparttar 105954 price they can offer is amongrepparttar 105955 smallest inrepparttar 105956 industry.

Compared withrepparttar 105957 shared web hosting, this system has technical support problem. It takes time and communication problems may occur onrepparttar 105958 course of your problem fromrepparttar 105959 reseller torepparttar 105960 web-hosting provider.

Unless your site is a personal web site or non-commercial one, this poor support issue is enough to not consider this your primary option.

Continuing this line of thought, how can you distinguish a reseller from a real web-hosting provider? It’s notrepparttar 105961 professional design ofrepparttar 105962 web site, not evenrepparttar 105963 support contact facilities offered as may resellers might have contracts withrepparttar 105964 provider onrepparttar 105965 technical support andrepparttar 105966 person taking your calls might be working forrepparttar 105967 provider and identify himself to you as an employee ofrepparttar 105968 reseller.

Solid company information is made available usually only by serious providers. The price, that can get as low as under 5$/month is another hint, but you should consider it carefully with prices dropping throughrepparttar 105969 industry.

Dedicated Web Hosting

In dedicated web hosting one single web server is rented to a single customer.

Although this isrepparttar 105970 common belief, web-hosting providers usually divide a single web server computer between up to three customers.

Onrepparttar 105971 other hand there are web-hosting providers that actually give an entire web server to a customer. Even with three customers sharingrepparttar 105972 web server,repparttar 105973 dedicated web hosting option offersrepparttar 105974 customersrepparttar 105975 option to host more than one web site, configurerepparttar 105976 software to best meetrepparttar 105977 needs of his site or scalerepparttar 105978 available bandwidth.

The high prices combined withrepparttar 105979 availability of resources recommend this type of web hosting for highly important web sites such as e-commerce sites.

Co-location Web Hosting

Co-locating web hosting is similar with dedicated web hosting. The main difference is that while in dedicated web hostingrepparttar 105980 web server computer belongs torepparttar 105981 web-hosting provider and is only rented byrepparttar 105982 customer, in co-locating web hostingrepparttar 105983 customer ownsrepparttar 105984 web server computer.

The web-hosting provider only housesrepparttar 105985 web server computer and sells bandwidth torepparttar 105986 customer. This givesrepparttar 105987 customer using co-locating web hosting full control ofrepparttar 105988 web server combined withrepparttar 105989 security ofrepparttar 105990 data center.

Now you should be equipped withrepparttar 105991 necessary information to decide on you web hosting.

You shouldn’t try and findrepparttar 105992 lowest price possible, but give some extra thought torepparttar 105993 quality of service you are buying and torepparttar 105994 support offered by a web host provider.

Calin Indre is editor at HostPinPin (www.hostpinpin.com), a Cheap Web Hosting Directory.

HostPinPin.com is a resource for webmasters and consumers looking to find a web hosting company. Providing web hosting articles, tips, web hosting reviews and more.

This article may be reprinted or published without the authors consent as long as the “About” and “weblinks” are kept intact.

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