Virtual Hospitality - The Quest For Free, High-Quality, Webhosting

Written by Philip Naudus

Launching a website isrepparttar crucial step that will transfer your site from residing on one computer to

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shrink fromrepparttar 134410 very thought of web hosting, looking upon it as an expensive, time-consuming process.

Although this is true with many web hosting providers, you can obtain ad-free, high-quality web hosting...

at absolutely no cost to you.

Inrepparttar 134411 process of writing article, I launched over twenty websites with various free web hosting

providers. I discovered that there are literally hundreds of companies that provide free web hosting. To

my disappointment, most have poor service.

Nearly every provider placed annoying advertisements on each of my pages, promoting cigarettes and other

products that my visitors would think that I endorse. Even whenrepparttar 134412 advertisements were for decent

products, their flashy animations detracted greatly fromrepparttar 134413 content of my site. (Hint: With Internet

Explorer, if you visit a site with distracting animations, pressrepparttar 134414 "escape" key. This will usually stop


Another disadvantage of most free web hosting services is thatrepparttar 134415 providers often sell their clients'

email addresses to SPAM companies. Ever since I began registering for free web hosting,repparttar 134416 amount of SPAM

I receive has tremendously increased. One hosting company offered to sell me a Master's Degree - for a

"low fee" I could get a M.A. in only five days - no studying, classes, or even a highschool diploma is

required. Another email "invited" me to a birthday party forrepparttar 134417 CEO's son, with party favors including a

free 30-day trial for their web hosting service.

Utilize Your Resources

If you use either AOL or AT&T for your Internet service, you have free access to high-quality, ad-free web

space. You don't have to pay an extra fee or go throughrepparttar 134418 hassle of registering for free web space

because it's already included in your service plan.

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Your web address will be

For AT&T users, visit AT&T gives you two addresses

at which your site can be reached: and

The Competition...

I ranked 20+ free web hosting companies from tremendous to terrible. Using a point-based system, I added a

point to their score for every positive service they provided, and each negative service they provided

(such as displaying ads on your site) deducted a point from their score. (Maximum possible points a

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#1: FreeWebs

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- Website builder (If you haven't already created your own website) - Hit counter - Chat rooms - Forums - Guest books - And much, much more!

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Basics of web hosting and what to look for

Written by Ken Fishman

First Things First

After deciding that you are going to have a website, you need two things, a domain name and a company to host it for you. Domain names are fairly cheap, you can go to where they sell them for $9.00 a year or sometimes,repparttar web host provider will either sell them or give it to you with their plan.

The web hosting company is basically renting you space on their web servers. Whatever your website will be, a web hosting company will let anyone inrepparttar 134407 world view your site.

What To Look For

When shopping for a Web host, a couple of things you want to keep in mind: How fast are their servers, do they have good support and how is their uptime (meaning, how good are they at keeping your website up and running).

How fast are their servers? You want to know this, its crucial when people try to get to your site that it loads fast. Look for at least a server with a pentium chip in it and 800 MHZ. Do they have good support? You do want to haverepparttar 134408 best support possible. If you have a question, you want it answered, fast. I look for host that have 24 hour support, if not anything else, at least 24 hour email support. How is their uptime? Everybody can say they guarantee 99.9 % uptime, but are they just pulling your leg, find out for sure, ask them for statistics. Basically anyone with 99.5% uptime is good in my book. Mostly allrepparttar 134409 better host will give you that. Ensure that there is some sort of written agreement regarding service, which ideally will provide you with financial compensation inrepparttar 134410 event of failure.

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