The Basic Facts About Business Web HostingWritten by Terry Henry
There are a number of hosting options, from free to dedicated servers. Letís spend a few moments and look over options.
Free Hosting The first and not recommended is free hosting. Remember what they say, there is nothing free. Well itís truth about this also. Your webpage on a free hosting server may have banner ads from companies that may not compliment your business or page theme. Another common problem is third level domain (http://yourpagename/theirdomain.com) Now that doesn't look professional as a business. Would you share your business name with some other company on a business card? Iím sure that would be out of question.
Shared Hosting Shared hosting for small business is best way to go. Shared hosting has server divided up with other websites allowing a lower cost for hosting. In most cases you are allowed more than enough disk space (Usually Between 100-500 Meg) and data transfer per month. The rule of thumb for small business is a minimum of 100 Meg of disk space and 1 gig of transfer.
Free or paid web hosting?Written by Petr Sejba
Just finished your first website? So it's time to look for some hosting and make a choise. Your first qustion probably will be whether to choose free or paid hosting service. Let's have a look at some advantages and disadvantages of these solutions.
Free web hosting: (+) It's for free. You don't need to pay for domain name. (-) Your URL will be something like http://username.freehost.com or http://freehost.com/username. As I noticed above, advantage is that you don't need to pay for domain. But note that if you move your website to another provider in future you can loose some or all your traffic (there are some solutions how to solve this problem but it is not point of this article). (-) Your provider will probably include ads to your pages - usually 1 or 2 banners, sometimes popup windows. If you plan to use banner exchange on your site read carefully their Terms and conditions. Some free hosts doesn't allow it. (-) Free hosts usually allow lower bandwith then paid hosts and a lot of them don't offer futures like PHP and MySQL. (-) A lot of free hosts change their Terms and conditions during some time. If your free host offers hosting wihtout ads now, don't be surprised when banner or popup appears on your site in future. (-) Sometimes happens that free hosts cancel their free service and longer offer paid hosting only. In this case you have only 2 choises - pay them or loose your website.