Don't Get Fooled by the Web Hosting Wolves in Sheep's Clothing!

Written by Kai Virihaur

Are you looking for web hosting? If you want to set up a personal website, or a modest commercial one, you are probably inrepparttar market for an inexpensive shared hosting plan. Those entry-level plans may cost $5-10 per month, and often boast very generous features for that modest prize. However,repparttar 134361 strong competition often causesrepparttar 134362 companies to oversell, and then have difficulties living up to their promises. And how do you go about tellingrepparttar 134363 good ones fromrepparttar 134364 bad?
Maybe you go to one ofrepparttar 134365 many web hosting review sites. Those places may offer extensive listings of various web hosting companies and their features; which is certainly helpful. But be aware ofrepparttar 134366 fact that these review sites are out there to make money by referring new customers torepparttar 134367 hosting companies! Therefore, they tend to praise those companies that pay themrepparttar 134368 best.
I used to be naive about these things, trustingrepparttar 134369 review sites. That was until I began some serious research onrepparttar 134370 subject myself. Were they really so good, those much-praised web hosting companies? Soon, I was able to uncover large amounts of customer testimonials that told a different story.

Elements of Web Hosting

Written by Daniel Punch

When you first start out trying to get a site onrepparttar Internet everything seems so confusing. Obtuse acronyms flow freely throughrepparttar 134360 'Beginner Friendly' information sites and definitions can be hard to come across. The main reason for this is thatrepparttar 134361 Internet andrepparttar 134362 process of getting a website online is really very simple, and once people get pastrepparttar 134363 first stumbling steps they rarely rememberrepparttar 134364 difficulty they once had, which leads to them being unable to understandrepparttar 134365 next wave of dot com newbies.

So let's begin with defining some ofrepparttar 134366 basic terms that are commonly thrown around when looking for a web host. You'll quickly realize that computer geeks like using big words for simple concepts. What do you expect from a group of people that decided to call half a Byte a Nibble?

Web Host: These arerepparttar 134367 people that supply your website with somewhere to sit and be accessed from. They're often a wealth of information, so when you're trying to find your feet it will often be worthwhile to contact their tech support and get your questions answered. Because of this, it's important to contact them BEFORE you sign up for any packages to ensure that you'll receive a timely response. Just fire an email their way and see what happens.

Disk Space: This isrepparttar 134368 same asrepparttar 134369 space on your own PC's hard drive. Web Hosts will allocate a certain amount of space to your website, usually in Megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). This determines how much you can store on your site.

Bandwidth: Bandwidth isrepparttar 134370 amount of data that can be retrieved from your site withinrepparttar 134371 bandwidth period. The bandwidth period isrepparttar 134372 length of time before your bandwidth gets reset once again, usually about a month. Bandwidth is measured in MB and GB, like disk space. Always find outrepparttar 134373 consequences of exceeding your allocated bandwidth before you purchase a hosting package.

Domain Name: The domain name is your personal identifier onrepparttar 134374 Internet. This is what gets typed into a web browser's address bar to reach your site. Some hosting companies will offer a domain for free, while others will haverepparttar 134375 facilities to provide one for a minimal cost.

SQL (MySQL, SQL Server etc.): Structured Query Language. This isrepparttar 134376 language used to interact with databases. Chances are that if you don't know about it when you start looking for web hosting, you're not going to need to know about it for at least a little while longer.

HTTP: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. Basically, howrepparttar 134377 Internet works. It isrepparttar 134378 protocol governingrepparttar 134379 transfer of web pages from one place to another.

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