Finding that Host that Offers the Most

Written by Merle

Whether you already have a website or are thinking of setting up shop online, sooner or later you'll have to deal withrepparttar issue of web hosting. Although it may seem like a "no brainer," there are actually many factors you'll need to consider before making this important decision. Your first inclination may be to look only atrepparttar 134455 cost, thinking "cheaper is better." However, that old saying "you get what you pay for,"is especially true in this situation. Here are some ofrepparttar 134456 more important points you'll want to look at when considering your next host.

UNIX/ NT/ The two most popular hosting platforms to choose from are UNIX and NT. UNIX is by farrepparttar 134457 favorite, as it wasrepparttar 134458 only choice way back inrepparttar 134459 early days ofrepparttar 134460 Internet. It is easy to configure, great for setting your own file permissions andrepparttar 134461 platform for most ofrepparttar 134462 free scripts available for download. It is flexible, reliable and supports scripting languages like Perl and PHP3.

NT is Microsoft's baby. One problem that I have found with NT servers is a lack of readily available scripts that work on this platform. Also, (unlike UNIX) many NT users need assistance from their Web Host Administrators to set file permissions. NT supports MS applications such as ASP, Access, FP and scripting languages such as Perl, Cold Fusion and ASP.

TECH SUPPORT/ When you need help you'll want to make sure you can get it. Some web hosts offer phone support or even live chat. Make sure they have good tech support in place as there's nothing more annoying than needing assistance with your site and not being able to get it.

SET UP FEE/ MONTHLY FEE/ Some hosts charge an initial set up fee to get your site set up and running on their server. Make sure you check on this when comparing prices. I've seen monthly fees ranging from 9.99 to 39.99, depending onrepparttar 134463 plan and services offered. My advice to you would be to look pastrepparttar 134464 cheapest and most expensive ends ofrepparttar 134465 scale and go with a mid-range pricing plan to be onrepparttar 134466 safe side. You should be able to pick up a reliable web host for 20 to 25.00 per month.

HARD DRIVE/ SPACE/ How much space they're willing to give you is important if you're going to compare apples to apples. You need to keep in mindrepparttar 134467 size of your site when deciding how much space you really need. Generally, 20 to 30 MB is plenty for a small site. You might want to ask if you can pay for more space should your site ever outgrow its present state.

FTP ACCESS/ TELNET ACCESS/ Even if you plan on using Frontpage to manage your site, you'll still need to have FTP access. It is usually standard, but it never hurts to ask. Make sure you keep your user name and password in a safe place. You'll use FTP to set file permissions and to upload your files torepparttar 134468 web server.

Telnet can be very useful for troubleshooting CGI scripts and changing server configurations. There are some servers that will not grant telnet access.

Hosting-The Silent Partner for Your E-Business

Written by Lisa Schmeckpeper

We have all been hearingrepparttar hype about online business--proponents declare that it'srepparttar 134454 way ofrepparttar 134455 future; detractors claim that it will never replace brick-and-mortar business...which is reality?

The truth falls somewhere inrepparttar 134456 middle: Online business will never replace brick-and-mortar, but an online presence will be integral torepparttar 134457 business model of any successful business. Already, e-commerce revenues are inrepparttar 134458 billions, and experiencing exponential growth. Any business that wishes to be competitive in this new marketplace--including your business--cannot ignorerepparttar 134459 power of e-commerce.

Many of you have taken that first step in putting your business online: You have done your research, identified your brand, and chosen and registered a domain name that speaks to your brand. That wasrepparttar 134460 easy part. If you haven't yet registered your domain name, don't fret! You can easily do it at:

After domain registration, what follows next may be one ofrepparttar 134461 most important decisions you make for your e-business...findingrepparttar 134462 right hosting company. This is as important torepparttar 134463 quality of your business as findingrepparttar 134464 right partner, and many people--even experienced webmasters-- findrepparttar 134465 experience daunting. I would like to share my hosting experience with you-perhaps it will make your decision-making process a little easier.


Reliability. Hosting isn't glamorous, but as you know, it isrepparttar 134466 backbone of your web-based business. That is why I refer to it asrepparttar 134467 "silent partner." A good hosting company is dependable, with a steady "up-time" track record. After all, what good is a web site if it's down? A good hosting company should operate likerepparttar 134468 electric company--every day you wake up, it's there, working. However, evenrepparttar 134469 most reliable companies need to periodically takerepparttar 134470 system down for maintenance. Your hosting company should inform its customers in advance, and perform that maintenance at off-peak hours--so as not to unduly burden your web business.

The next things to look for I callrepparttar 134471 "Four S's:" Service, Software, Support, and Space.


An extremely important (and often overlooked) factor is Service. Unfortunately, many hosting companies end their relationship with yourepparttar 134472 momentrepparttar 134473 server sale is made. This leaves unansweredrepparttar 134474 crucial question, "Okay, I've got a server--now what?" This is critical when you consider that some companies are so controlling that web masters are discouraged from customizing and/or managing sites for their clients! Other hosting companies give you space on a server, but nothing more--you have to configurerepparttar 134475 server and set up allrepparttar 134476 back-end functionality manually!

As you have probably done this before, I don't need to tell you what a time-consuming and laborious task this is. My best service experience has been with Virtualis. So much so that I've spentrepparttar 134477 last 2 years with them! If you have questions, they are on-call 24/7 to answer them--they even have discussion boards where fellow customers can offer advice and helpful tips. Good service means providing a community of resources throughoutrepparttar 134478 life of your e-business.


In addition to Service,repparttar 134479 ideal hosting solution also provides easy-to-use web management tools. This isrepparttar 134480 third "S:" Software. Although many companies offer some of these features, my choice forrepparttar 134481 hosting company withrepparttar 134482 best overall tool suite is Virtualis. They offer tools that are easy enough for a novice to quickly understand, and customizable enough for a web master to optimize. In my experience, one ofrepparttar 134483 incredibly useful tools isrepparttar 134484 Virtualis Email Manager.

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