How To Shop and Save On Website Hosting

Written by Jim Edwards

"What's your web address?"

>From small "mom and pop" home-based businesses to mega- stores, people ask this question in business every single day. Even if you only operate a small, local business, if you don't have a website (or at least email) people honestly look at you funny.

A few years ago, website hosting was one ofrepparttar largest expenses connected with setting up a website. Now, with dramatic drops in pricing, website hosting can actually presentrepparttar 134412 least costly component of operating a website.

However, before you run out and sign up for $2-a-month website hosting and wake up tomorrow filled with regret, take 5 minutes right now and learnrepparttar 134413 main points to consider when evaluating any website host.

Total Storage

How much space do you get to store your website files? If you operate a small website with a handful of pages and only a couple of pictures per page, you can get by with 5-10 MB (megabytes) of disk space or less. However, if your site contains dozens of pages and hundreds of pictures, you may need a hosting plan with 10- 25 MB of space.

Data Transfer / Bandwidth

Here's where many people fall down and get run over byrepparttar 134414 Internet bus! Bandwidth representsrepparttar 134415 total amount of trafficrepparttar 134416 website host allows you to receive.

Successful sites that get a lot of traffic eat up more bandwidth than sites without many visitors. Honestly, bargain website hosting companies don't want you to get much traffic because your bandwidth costs them money.

To Share or Not to Share?

Written by Breal Web Design

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To Share or Not to Share a Web Host? ***********************************************************

When looking for a hosting solution for your web site you'll discover you haverepparttar 134413 choice of shared or dedicated hosting. This article will breifly explainrepparttar 134414 difference between them.

Shared hosting is what it says it is. Your web site shares a server with other web sites. You don't have access torepparttar 134415 other web sites files, they don't have access to yours and you don't share a domain name. What you do share isrepparttar 134416 machine andrepparttar 134417 scripts that are pre-installed on it. Why would you do this?

Because it's cheaper.

As you can understand,repparttar 134418 cost of setting up a server machine is not inexpensive. Even relatively large web sites are only a few hundred megabytes, so today's computers with multiple hard drives are easily able to handlerepparttar 134419 space. There can be as many as one or two hundred web sites on a shared server.

You'll find there are different platforms available in shared hosting too. You will find you can have Unix/Linux or Windows NT/2000 as your platform. You don't have to chooserepparttar 134420 platform your PC is running. This has nothing to do with whatrepparttar 134421 server needs to operate on. Unix platforms are very stable and are perfect if you have a site using mostly HTML pages, PHP or CGI. If you are using scripting such as Active Server Pages, have designed your web site using FrontPage, or need access to a Microsoft Access or SQL Server database, you need a Windows platform.

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