Choosing A Domain HostWritten by Rosanne Dobbins
Due to numerous types of Web Hosting companies that exist today, choosing right one can sometimes be a daunting task.
In making a decision on what is a 'fair' price, there are so many factors involved that it is difficult to pin-point an exact price range to expect. However, taking this into consideration, following are a few guidelines:
The first thing you need to decide is what type of Web Site you want. For example, will it be personal or business related? Will you need ecommerce services such as a shopping cart and a merchant account? Do you have any special requirements such as ability to run CGI scripts? How much can you afford to pay? The cost of Web Hosting varies widely, from free to thousands of dollars per month. However, you will find that a typical Hosting account ranges from $10 to $50 per month, depending on features available. These are just some of questions that you should evaluate before searching for a Web Host.
It's really impossible to say which is best for money but there are certain features you should look for such as:
Free Domain Registration Unlimited Autoresponders Unlimited E-Mail Aliases Secure Web Space For Order Forms Unlimited Traffic CGI-Bin, preferably with installed scripts 24 Tech Support
Keep in mind that 'you get what you pay for'. Chances are, for $10.00 per month, you won't receive any of above features. It depends on what you need and what your requirements are.
There is a place on web that compares hundreds of web hosting companies, their features & prices and you can find it at: http://webhostlist.internetlist.com/ but with so many hosts to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming. Sometimes it helps if you can find a person that has had experience with a certain company and can testify to fact that company is reliable as well as affordable. This is where I come in...
How to Find the Right Host for Your Web SiteWritten by Andrew LaPointe
Developing a professional web presence requires a comprehensive strategy to ensure success. The most important element to overall success of your website is your hosting service. Your hosting service cannot guarantee your site will succeed, but it can surely devastate it. No matter what applications you use (streaming video, audio, discussion forums, etc.) or plug-ins (Flash and Shockwave), if your visitors cannot load your site within a few seconds your finished. Recent studies have shown that you only have 20 seconds to grab your visitor's attention. The longer it takes your site to go from download-to-live, less time you have to retain your visitors. Remember, your competition is only one click away. The best way to choose a web hosting company is to follow these six suggestions. Remember, selecting right web hosting company is vital to your success on Internet.
Determine how much disk storage space and how much monthly data transfer your site requires? Disk storage space refers to amount of server space allocated to your account. The files that make up your website are stored in your storage space. These files include your html files, audio/video, graphics, etc. The data transfer is how much data your site transmits each month. Generally, data transfer includes any outbound traffic from your site, with exception of e-mails. In general an average HIT is about 10K. This would mean that a monthly data transfer account of 2.0 Gigabyte would allow approximately 200,000 hits. Remember, if your data transfer rate is higher than amount allocated by your hosting company you will have to pay for any extra data transfer.
How should you Host? There are three different ways to host your site. The three ways are shared hosting, dedicated hosting and colocated hosting. Shared hosting means that your site is positioned among other "websites" on a single machine. This type of hosting is usually adequate for majority of "text-n-gif" sites. Dedicated hosting refers to your own dedicated machine. As you add more interactive elements to your site, you may want to consider a dedicated host. The final is a colocated server. You own server, but it is located in your host's facility. You chose bandwidth and your host provides access.