How to Select a Webhost that Fits Your Needs

Written by Marc Goldman

Whether you're considering starting a website or you have one and want to possibly move it, this article can help you decide whatrepparttar best webhost means to you.

To begin, every website is hosted on only 3 platforms:

Unix Windows NT Macintosh

Very few sites are hosted on a MAC server, sorepparttar 134456 majority of webhosts use Unix or NT. For these reasons we will focus on only those 2 platforms.

Unix and NT both offer various options and have different abilities. Your choice of which platform to use depends on what applications you want your site to run andrepparttar 134457 amount of control you want to have over your site.


Unix isrepparttar 134458 oldest and one ofrepparttar 134459 most widely used operating systems. It isrepparttar 134460 basis ofrepparttar 134461 internet and most webservers originally ran on a version of Unix. Unix is know as a multitasking operating system which means that it can run many applications atrepparttar 134462 same time without them affecting each other. This is very important when you consider that hundreds of websites, running thousands of CGI scripts, all receiving thousands of hits could be running on one webserver.

Why Use It?:

It's reliable Ability to host many websites onrepparttar 134463 same machine. Almost all CGI scripts run better on Unix. Programming flexibility. Much more administrative control.

With Unix, webmasters can really tweak their websites (assuming they know what they are doing) to run at optimal levels. Developers can run CGI scripts and create applications specific to their needs.

Down Sides:

Is case sensitive. It is not an easy operating system to learn. Must use telnet or Ftp to make changes.

Windows NT

NT is a relative newcomer torepparttar 134464 webhosting game but it is fast gaining a large share ofrepparttar 134465 business. NT was built to integrate seamlessly with Microsoft's web authoring tool, Frontpage. As such, it is oftenrepparttar 134466 perfect solution for newcomers who do not want to learn HTML or CGI programming or deal withrepparttar 134467 day to day hassles of administering a webserver.

Up Sides:

Can use Microsoft Frontpage to publish your website as opposed to using Ftp or telnet. Can use Cold Fusion. Somewhat easier to administer (especially forrepparttar 134468 average webmaster). Is not case sensitive.

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.

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