Web Hosting - Look Before You LeapWritten by Tom Stone
Website hosting usually involves basically renting space on a “server” or another computer set up to publish content of your website onto, providing fast and safe methods for your customers to retrieve information from, for viewing on their computers. The numbers of available packages are staggering, and frankly overwhelming to try to sort through for best choice. Prepare yourself for creative applications of word “free”, a lot of size-comparisons about bandwidth, hard drive space, page hits, etc. While hosting specs definitely should matter, most basic hosting plans are going to be enough to support any basic website. The more imminent concern with choosing your host should be fact that you’re going to entrust them a lot more than you may realize up front. Of course, your information is important. But hey, you WANT people to see it, right? Then, there’s your customers’ information. And then there’s little things like fact that small business servers have opened up such a gaping security threat for
Are You Master of Your Own Domain?Written by Kate Smalley
This is an important topic for anyone who currently has a website and domain name, as well as for anyone interested in building an internet identity. I am sharing not only from personal experience (I have five active websites online at this time) but from my business, Connecticut Secretary, and projects I have been involved with in creating and building websites for my customers.
Oftentimes customers will approach me after they have already chosen a domain name. What I investigate first is who actually owns that domain name. I no longer ask customer directly, because 99.9% of time response is always "I do!" when in fact many of them unwittingly do not. Determining this is an easy step; you simply go to an independent domain registrar such as Register.com, http://www.register.com, and type in domain name and choose whois when results pop up. Feel free to go and type in connecticutsecretary.com and choose whois. You will see that I, Kate Smalley, am listed as owner and administrative contact for Connecticut Secretary. The technical contact is simply hosting service I have chosen.
The problem we run into is when individuals have chosen to purchase their domain name through a hosting service at a discounted rate. The hosting service is company that purchases and owns your domain name, and in essence you sometimes just end up renting it along with your hosting service. This is a great way for hosting company to ensure continued business. Think about if, in future, you decide to change hosting services. Who do you think you will have to contact to have your domain redirected to another hosting provider? How anxious do you think they will be to provide service to you? How quickly do you feel they will redirect your url? What will happen if they forget to renew your domain name and someone else obtains control and ownership of it? What happens if that hosting company goes out of business? I have seen it happen. To take this conversation one step further, there are now hosting companies that will purchase domain in your name, so you are official owner, but they still retain control over your usage of account. An important point to remember is that ownership of an account as well as having ability to use account are important features when deciding how to purchase your domain name. "...in essence you sometimes just end up renting... "
I am not saying this is a fact with all hosting companies; I only ask you to consider it for your own well-being and future viability on internet. Purchasing a domain name yourself is only a matter of spending a few extra dollars per year, and is well worth security of knowing you are owner and one in control of your domain. Consider amount of work that you have put in to targeting and obtaining traffic through search engines on your keywords and search terms. Think about all business you will loose if you have to start over again with a new domain name from scratch.