Get Yourself a Website - Without the Drama

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So, you're done withrepparttar free web hosts. Gone through Geocities, Angelfire, Fortune City. You're exhausted withrepparttar 134434 pop-ups and banners. You want a real site. But where to go? You look aroundrepparttar 134435 net, andrepparttar 134436 possibilities seem endless. 20 MB of space for only $20 a month! Wow! That's fantastic!

Or is it? Way back when I bought my domain and signed up with a web host, I wasrepparttar 134437 typical "the internet is so wonderful" optimist. I was thrilled to find something that sounded just about what I kind of wanted - and bam, just like that, $300 poorer and with a useless chunk of web space that wouldn't even work properly. My domain addresses wouldn't connect, my content was being warped - things weren't looking too good for me.

A year later and muchrepparttar 134438 wiser, I know better. My site is working, I have a lovely, helpful support team, and I now know what I want. But, that's all well and good for me - I have hadrepparttar 134439 added advantage of working for a web hosting company. But what aboutrepparttar 134440 rest of you out there who don't have my experience, who see a world of opportunity and are about to jump intorepparttar 134441 cesspit of money loss and disappointment.

So, I figure, why not let you in on a useful hint, one that may save you from misfortune. What is it, you ask? Well, simply - know what you want! Sounds way too simple for me to be handing it out, right? I don't think so! Sure, you have a vague idea of what you want, but do you know what all of it means? The "mumbo jumbo", so to speak?

I didn't think so! Listen up, sit back, relax, and before you go jumping offrepparttar 134442 deep end, scroll down and read a bit.

MB of space - MB? Eh? Well, MB stands for MegaByte. This is basicallyrepparttar 134443 amount of storage space you will have. You can figure out how much space you will need if you spend a little bit of time thinking about what is going onto your site - how graphic intensive it will be, how many pages, any multimedia or music, etc. Make an approximation in your head and then add another 50. This will allow you to add on and expand. It's always better to have too much, rather than too little.

Pricing (Monthly/Yearly) -repparttar 134444 payment plans are generally either monthly or yearly. Make sure, even if you want a year or more of hosting, to start with a monthly plan! If you give them $3/400 for a year, and then they end up being useless, I'll bet you that you won't be getting that money back. If you start with a monthly account, you can always upgrade to a yearly account. And if you can't upgrade and you're really worried, add up how much it will be for a year, and set that money aside to slowly add back onto your credit card every month.

Domain Registration - do you already own a domain name? A domain name is basicallyrepparttar 134445 Most of web hosts will provide domain name registration in their packages. If you already own your own, you will have to transfer it to their name servers. Make sure this is possible! Ask them if they will do it for you, or ask for directions on how to do it yourself. If you don't own a name already, though, how many will you need? Willrepparttar 134446 one be enough? Do you need redirects; do you want extra names attached to sub-domains?

And then you needrepparttar 134447 actual name! If you're completely stumped, have no ideas, there are some really good places online which will create a list for you. &

Make sure your name is relevant to what's on your site - people tend to get annoyed if your website is called "" and it ends up being about cushion embroidery.

Email Accounts - there are quite a variety of options in this area. You have mail servers, mailing lists, redirects, catch all. If you're going to be getting a substantial amount of mail through your website, you might want a mail server - an actual site online where you have your own personal mail box. It would usually be Mailing lists are sometimes offered and sometimes not - if you're going to be sending out a newsletter, promotional info, etc to a lot of people you might want to go with this option. A mail catch all basically does what its name suggests - catches emails with typos, wrong names etc, but have your domain written properly inrepparttar 134448 address, (i.e. And finally, mail redirects, which give you an email address, but redirects emails sent to it to another mailbox - for example, if you have, it could redirect to your hotmail account.

There are many other added options as well, which you need to think about. If you want to have multimedia on your page(s), Front Page support, Access/database support, cgi-bin, custom 404 error pages, search engine submission. Sit down and make a list of what you need.

But before you do anything, sendrepparttar 134449 support team ofrepparttar 134450 web host an email. Ask them if they provide all of your specific requirements; describe what you are looking for. Be friendly and concise, and see how they react. If they are prompt and friendly or slow and unpleasant. You are always going to end up needing some sort of support during your hosting, and this will be a good indication of what kind of assistance you will get further downrepparttar 134451 line.

Basically what I'm telling you here is to think before you spend. So many people have tales of woe and disappointment; don't end up being one of them. There are no guarantees here, but make it as close to it as possible.

So, you're done withrepparttar 134452 free web hosts. Gone through Geocities, Angelfire, Fortune City. You're exhausted withrepparttar 134453 pop-ups and banners. You want a real site. But where to go? You look aroundrepparttar 134454 net, andrepparttar 134455 possibilities seem endless. 20 MB of space for only $20 a month! Wow! That's fantastic!

Finding A Free Host - Part 1: Requirements for your host

Written by Elan Bechor

Finding A Free Host

Part I: Meeting Your Needs


People onrepparttar internet are greedy. They want some ultimate free host, with ďunlimitedĒ storage, ďunlimitedĒ bandwidth, and no ads. That will never happen, unless it is some private host that only allows a few users. I hate seeing this greed. Why should a host give you so much, and you donít even let them make money? Itís a ridiculous idea. You have to make realistic goals on what your host might be able to provide you.

The point ofrepparttar 134433 article is to help you determinerepparttar 134434 specific requirements forrepparttar 134435 free host you want to pick.

Storage & Bandwidth

To determine how much storage and bandwidth you need for your website, you need to think about what kind of files you may be storing. The majority of people who donít have anything but HTML and image files usually donít need more than 5 Mb. If this isrepparttar 134436 case, donít rule out any host because it doesnít have a huge amount of space. If your website stores several megabytes of files, your choices may be limited. There are plenty of websites that give you 20 Mb+, but most will ban file types such as .MP3.

Ad Types

I have heard a lot of people complain about how annoyingrepparttar 134437 ads are on their free websites. Itís rare these days to find a host without ads, and when there is one, it is usually abused and goes down months later. That happens for a reason, and that reason is that there is no money to be made when you have no ads. If people arenít paying forrepparttar 134438 website, ads arerepparttar 134439 wayrepparttar 134440 company pays for their bills and salaries.

But donít lose hope yet, there are options. If you are a business site, it might look unprofessional if you have a banner onrepparttar 134441 top of your page. For this reason you might choose a host that looks like it will stay around for a while but has no ads, or get a host that has pop-ups. Pop-ups are quicker forrepparttar 134442 user to click out of, andrepparttar 134443 visitor only has to see it a second every time he enters a new page. The downside of pop-ups occur when visitors change pages quickly. If your visitors go to many pages each visit, a pop-up coming back up every time may be very annoying. In this situation, a banner may be better.

A final issue that has come up dealing with advertising is whether your host will allow you to host your own ads. If your website becomes popular, and for some reason you still donít want to move to paid hosting, you may want to sell advertising space on your website. This may be a problem for some hosts, as they donít necessarily want you to make a profit off of their free service. You may want to factor this into your search for a host if you are planning to make a profit off of a free website. I would recommend that if this is even a factor, you should pay a small fee for paid hosting. You receive more benefits, and there are a lot less hassles.

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