Free Web Hosting Tips

Written by Sid John

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you look for a free web hosting account online.

1. Content Ownership – You might not ownrepparttar space, but it is your content. That means that you should expect some sort of notice ifrepparttar 148108 service is going offline so that you can make alternative arrangements or save your information to your computer.

2. Tools – Surprisingly many free web hosting accounts come with lots of tools that you can use to enhance your site. The largerrepparttar 148109 hosting provider or hosting community,repparttar 148110 more tools you will have in your control panel.

3. Free domain names – Usually you are getting a subdomain or even a subfolder for your files. Typically free domain names only come with a paid hosting account. The reasons is that bandwidth is very expensive and no one wants to build up a free web hosting service unless they have access to cheap resources.

It is not surprising then thatrepparttar 148111 free web hosting market is dominated by companies like Yahoo, Google, and Bravenet. They are large organizations who have figured out ways to balance paid services and free services without going broke.

Determine Your Needs Before Choosing A Hosting Service

Written by Nancy Casseur

Determine your needs BEFORE choosing a hosting service

Choosing a hosting company for your web site can be very confusing givenrepparttar multitude of companies available onrepparttar 147571 Internet today. Do not choose a service by price alone. The very cheapest is not necessarilyrepparttar 147572 best. You can get a good hosting service for under $10.00, but first determine your requirements.

Before going into any more detail, let’s look at some definitions:

Hosting service - A hosting service or company is an Internet company that provides hundreds or even thousands of computers like yours with service by “renting” you space. With this service your web site is now onrepparttar 147573 Internet and can be viewed by millions of others. Sure you could be your own host, but it would be very expensive because you would need to buy a server, house it inrepparttar 147574 proper environment, maintain it 24 hours a day, and put up with allrepparttar 147575 other headaches that come with hosting. Wouldn’t you rather concentrate on selling your product? Server A server is a large computer, which can service many other computers. Sometimes a large software package on a host’s server (like a mail software package) is also referred to as a server. Have you seen scenes on TV which show rooms wall-to-wall with big computers busily working and flashing their lights? These are servers.

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. If you started your web site from scratch, you will need to upload your web pages torepparttar 147576 host you selected. To do this you use a FTP software package. There are some excellent tutorials on FTP at CGI CGI means Common Gateway Interface. While CGI primarily refers torepparttar 147577 way a server communicates with other software onrepparttar 147578 server, CGI scripts are a popular way programmers install counters, forms, and other interactive items on a web site. If you see cgi-bin,repparttar 147579 “bin” refers to binary from a time long ago when most programs were referred to as binary. Now cgi-bin refers torepparttar 147580 location inrepparttar 147581 server where cgi scripts are stored. Now, let’s go back torepparttar 147582 hosting service. When you surfrepparttar 147583 net and “go” to a particular site, you are not actually going to that site. The hosting company’s server (in this case your ISP) receives your request, searchesrepparttar 147584 web, finds your requested site, and downloads it to your computer. So you see, you don’t go to a site,repparttar 147585 site comes to you, courtesy of a server. How do you go about choosing a hosting service? It is pretty much up to you based onrepparttar 147586 size of your website,repparttar 147587 number of visitors you expect, and, of course,repparttar 147588 state of your wallet. If you are just starting out, a free or low cost service is all you will need, but as your business grows you might want to consider a service that gives you more storage and more transfer room. Storage isrepparttar 147589 amount of room your web site takes up onrepparttar 147590 hosting company’s server, “Transfer” refers to network transfer space. If you have a large web site and a lot of visitors you will need more storage or disc space and more network transfer space. The more people accessing your site;repparttar 147591 higherrepparttar 147592 volume of data being transferred. How to calculate your disk space:

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