After you have spent some time and creativity on designing your personal web site now itís time to publish it on World Wide Web for all to see it.
When coming to web hosting, many face dilemma of choosing between free or paid web hosting.
Although costs associated with paid web hosting is rather small, itís still money.
An easy and money free solution might seem to be registering it with a free web-hosting provider. They come in large numbers today and 10-20 Megs of free personal space they usually offer sounds tempting. Not to mention that some of them even offer POP3 for your e-mail address on their web site or FTP access to your files on web site. So it looks like all this is building up to become quite an alternative to spending dear money for almost same thing. I mean paid web hosting for an individualís web site sound a little pretentious, doesnít it?
Sure paid web hosting gives some more space, quite a few more features and all that, but do you need them anyway? You probably just need a web server that can feed .HTML and maybe some simple java scripts to your visitor. Itís not like you are ever going to need an SQL database, support for .ASP or .PHP. You just want your own web site, not an e-commerce solution or you are ever going to need more than one e-mail address for your own use.
A more careful look at matter is likely to make right decision easier to take. As a matter of fact, depending on objectives trusted to your personal web site, decision between free or cheap almost dictates itself. You should also keep in mind that you actually trusting your virtual image to web host.
In exchange for hosting you wonít be asked for money, but there could be banners, hot links, frames, popup windows or other forms of online advertising that will interfere with content of your web site, possibly having a bad effect on its look and almost certainly annoying your visitors.
Another minus is that your traffic is not likely to attain very high values due to long domain name. People are not going to return to your web site simply because they forgot its URL. Therefore if people havenít added your site to their bookmarks, and if your web site is not easily reachable through search engine search or fro other linked sites, it is very likely that your traffic scores would not be very impressive.