Choosing the Right Host for Your Site

Written by Johnathan Brandon


When choosing a host for your website, there are both subjective and objective aspects to consider. Many ofrepparttar objective aspects are covered inrepparttar 134342 hundreds of articles that have already been written, but less often will you findrepparttar 134343 subjective aspects; those that are driven more by feelings and perception or your specialized needs.

There are many characteristics that you should generally expect all web hosts to include:

1. High Availability: Allrepparttar 134344 features inrepparttar 134345 world are worthless, if your site is not available when your visitors try to access it. This incorporates many different components. Do they use quality servers and hardware? Do they have multiple redundant connections torepparttar 134346 Internet? Do they have a lifecycle management program in place to ensure that you are not being hosted on a server built in 1987? (Most data centers plan for servers to have a 3 Ė 4 year lifecycle.)

2. Guarantee: Donít settle for them telling you that they haverepparttar 134347 best hardware and networks; ask them to back it up. Most hosts include a money-back guarantee of some sort. Given that it takes time to register or transfer domain names, develop your site, and upload it, make sure thatrepparttar 134348 host you choose offers you enough time to really evaluate their services. Thirty days is a pretty common guarantee. Be sure to testrepparttar 134349 speed of their support responses during this period (and during different hours ofrepparttar 134350 day), even if you donít need it immediately. You do not want to find out too late thatrepparttar 134351 host doesnít quite live up to your expectations.

3. Support: Your host should ideally offer support 24-hours/day. Some hosts offer this via e-mail or live chat, and others offer telephone support. Keep in mind that there is usually a financial trade off for different types of support, as they each involve different costs torepparttar 134352 host, which will inevitably be passed on. If you arerepparttar 134353 type of person, who needs to talk to someone onrepparttar 134354 phone to resolve an issue, make sure your host offers that as a support option, and be willing to pay a little more for it. Also, as stated in number two, be sure to test your host before your guarantee expires.

4. Growth: Make sure your host is growing. A host with low or negative growth numbers may be an indication that they are not attracting many new customers, or quite a few are leaving. There are some great search tools onrepparttar 134355 web, which will give you an idea of how many sites are pointing to various hosts servers. This should give you a starting point. But donít be afraid to ask also. It is very reasonable to expect that a host should takerepparttar 134356 time to answer your questions prior to you signing up with them.

How to Select a Web Site Host

Written by Mike Snyder


So, you know how to create HTML files (web pages) and want to start a website. You have a domain name but don't know where to storerepparttar files (web host). You find countless web hosting companies offering a wide range of products but you can't make heads or tails of allrepparttar 134341 features to decide which plan is right for you.

Does this sound like you?

If so, this article was written for you. Hopefully after reading it, you will have a better understanding of allrepparttar 134342 terms associated with web hosting and find a hosting company that is right for your business.

File Storage Space

Usually hosting companies sell different packages centered around storage space. Storage space is specified in kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB), or gigabytes (GB); a megabyte is 1000 kilobytes and a gigabyte is 1000 megabytes.

How much storage space do you need? Well, that depends on what you are planning to do with your website. If you have only a few pages of text and little to no graphics or images, a 25 MB should be more than you will ever need. Most hosting packages start at 25 MB of storage space. When comparing web hosting companies for file storage space, be sure to check their terms and conditions to make sure they do not charge another setup fee for upgrading to a packge with more space.

One way to determinerepparttar 134343 size of your files in Microsoft Windows, right clickrepparttar 134344 Start button and click Explore. Scroll down and selectrepparttar 134345 file(s) or folder(s) you plan on using for your website. Right click onrepparttar 134346 selected file(s) or folder(s) and click Properties and you will seerepparttar 134347 size.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth isrepparttar 134348 measure of how much data flows through your site. It is usually expressed in GB transfered per month. If you are expecting a lot of hits (millions of page views) to your site you will need to getrepparttar 134349 most bandwidth you can afford. For new web sites it may take a while to get up to a significant bandwith. If you find you are approachingrepparttar 134350 bandwith limit, you can always upgrade to a plan with higher bandwidth. Some plans allow you to increase your monthly bandwidth for an additional monthly charge.

E-Mail

Most hosting plans include a significant number of POP e-mail accounts and unlimited e-mail forwarding.

POP accounts can be accessed with your current e-mail program and some hosts may include a webmail interface for your POP accounts. If you have several people that work for your web site/business and want them to have their own e-mail address, you will need to select a hosting plan with enough POP accounts.

E-mail forwarding is when e-mail that is addressed to your website gets redirected to another e-mail address that you specify. Most plans include unlimited e-mail forwarding. An example of e-mail forwarding: for one of my websites mail addressed to mike-@-mrgoodbeer.com, sales-@-mrgoodbeer.com, and webmaster-@-mrgoodbeer.com all get redirected to my Gmail address. With e-mail forwarding you can easily track where your e-mails are coming from. Be careful though...the more e-mail addresses you have,repparttar 134351 more SPAM you will receive.

Shared vs Dedicated

When comparing hosting plans, you may notice plans for shared hosting and dedicated hosting. Shared hosting simply means that your web site will be hosted with other websites onrepparttar 134352 same server or machine. Shared hosting is good forrepparttar 134353 average web site where speed is not a priority.

A dedicated server is just that, a server that is dedicated to your website. The advantages of a dedicated server are speed and control. The disadvantage is cost, you will usually have to pay a much larger monthly fee for having a dedicated hosting plan. If you know nothing about Unix, Linux, or network administration make sure to get a managed dedicated server. The hosting company will take care of allrepparttar 134354 security and software patches/updates that arise over time.

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