Is Your Web Host A Paddle Boat Or A Cruise Ship?

Written by Mike Jones

A paddle boat is great for fun on a day off! But would you consider taking it torepparttar open sea? A cruise ship onrepparttar 134452 other hand is ideally suited for pampering its guests with every facility imaginable forrepparttar 134453 vacation of your dreams!

Applying this analogy to web hosting can help you make a wise decision if you are currently 1) new to internet business and looking for that first web host, or 2) up and running but thinkingrepparttar 134454 time has come to upgrade to a higher level.

Web hosts fall generally into 3 categories. They are: 1) Free Services 2) Budget Hosts (under $20-25 per month) 3) Full Service ($25+ per month)

Let's take a look at each category.

1. Free Services If you want to run a home page for personal interest for family and friends, great! If you want to ease intorepparttar 134455 internet cautiously, great. offer a good free service with reasonable support. Or check out: for a good listing of what's available.

In short, if you merely want to paddle around, have a little fun, gain some experience, these services are fine. For serious business however you really need your own domain name, not someone else's. Tripod takesrepparttar 134456 edge off by allowing your name to come first inrepparttar 134457 URL, e.g.

Having said that, you can't get away fromrepparttar 134458 fact that your credibility as a business takes a hit when clients see this kind of domain name.

2. Budget Hosts You get what you pay for, generally. Many may knockrepparttar 134459 value of budget hosts. If you are running a serious business, then probably this kind of package would not give enough stability or features.

Considerrepparttar 134460 following first-hand nightmare experience: "One popular low-cost host left my entire site dead for over a week while I scrambled frantically to save my business. Heck, I couldn't even reach anyone or get them to return my plea for help. Whenrepparttar 134461 dust settled, they had lostrepparttar 134462 backups of my entire site and I was left to fend for myself." - Ken (Internet Marketing Challenge)

Onrepparttar 134463 other hand, you may find my experience helpful in your decision making. I am running a resource site at present containing information pages and some doorway pages. I don't sell from my site. I don't need a secure ordering page. For my purpose in running this particular domain, a budget host is fine. However, I ran a check on it some months back usingrepparttar 134464 free service at

Keep your web host from costing you money

Written by Michael Lynn

Now that you’ve probably just spent hundreds of hours and possibly even thousands of dollars to build your web presence, one ofrepparttar most important decisions you’ll make next is where to host your website.

Choosing a Platform It may be true that Unix tends to be more reliable than NT, but it is even more true that any server when overloaded with sometimes 250+ web sites, like most web hosting companies do, will not be as stable as you need it to be. Don’t expect your site to incur 100% availability if you are on a shared virtual server. There are too many things that can go wrong when 250 different sites are competing forrepparttar 134451 same resources. If your web host doesn’t publish how many sites they put on a single server, find out from them, they shouldn't have anything to hide. Byrepparttar 134452 way, 255 sites isrepparttar 134453 maximum that Windows NT will allow per server, and most web hosts take full advantage of that for their lower end solutions.

Web sites running on NT/Windows 2000: *Rapid application development with scripting languages such as ASP or Cold Fusion. *Typically is easier to administer in a shared hosting environment. *If need ODBC to support database driven a site. *FrontPage tends to work better on NT

Web sites running UNIX/LINUX: *Scripting languages such as PERL, PHP or any CGI applications. *If you only need email or a static site, use Unix/Linux, it's cheaper. *Tends to be more reliable then NT in a shared hosting environment.

Web site running on a dedicated server: *If Uptime, user experience, branding, and site performance are a main concern. *If you new to hosting, check outrepparttar 134454 Cobalt RAQ.

Narrowingrepparttar 134455 Selection: Price – Its true here like most things, you get what you pay for. Don’t expect enterprise class uptime for 20 bucks a month, even if they guarantee it. Options – Don’t skimp on your options, if you need extra email address, get them. Some options are a "must have" depending on your websites functionality. Site traffic reporting tools are extremely useful also. Support – Most ofrepparttar 134456 top web-hosting providers have 24/7 support. Make certain that your host has a toll free number for support. Waiting for someone to email you back when your site is down and you’re losing business is no fun.

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