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 of largest expenses connected with setting up a website. Now, with dramatic drops in pricing, website hosting can actually present 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 learn main points to consider when evaluating any website host.
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 by Internet bus! Bandwidth represents total amount of traffic 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.
If you plan to do any business online, make sure you get a bare minimum of at least 1 GB (gigabyte) of data transfer per month.