What to Look for in a Web HostWritten by Tim Frady
The first questions you have to ask yourself are: how much space and bandwidth do I need; do I want one site or several sites; how much will I have to spend; am I going to use an SQL database; how much uptime does web host offer; does this site host spammy adult sites; what extras are offered; are there script limitations; do they provide a control panel; and if my site gets too big, what is next level and how much does it cost?
Let's take bandwidth for instance. If you are starting a brand new site and don't have a lot of other sites to link to it, which, by way, is becoming increasingly less efficient due to changing search engine rules, it may take over a year to build any real traffic to even worry about this point. But, with bandwidth being a lot more reasonable lately, why not go ahead and pay 6-10 dollars a month for 1 - 4 gigabytes currently available. After all, your goal is to grow right? So get something a few sizes too big and grow into it. Don't think that you necessarily have to pay a lot of money to get a good web host. You could just as easily spend 20 dollars or more a month and have terrible uptime and any number of hassles. Now if your site is going to be filled with images, especially wallpaper size images, then get as much bandwidth as your budget will allow. If you plan on having a growing site and it becomes even moderately popular, you'll need all bandwidth traffic allowable you can get. Watch out for hosts that claim they have unmetered bandwidth. Read carefully, especially if we're talking about a host that charges below 5 dollars a month. It's better to have a clear number that you can keep track of in your control panel. You don't won't them to come up and give you a generic excuse like "Your site is using an unfair amount of system resources or traffic as compared to our other customers so therefore we have to shut you down". Please note that system resources and bandwidth are two different issues when dealing with a web host. For instance a script that locks up and has a bug could cause a server to use a great deal of system resources that could cause problems between you and your web host if you are on a shared account versus a dedicated server. So do your research on type of script you want to run. Bandwidth is amount of traffic going out from your site including your images, clips, pages, etc. As far as images, sounds, and clips this is easily monitored in your control panel as long as you have a clear number of what you are allowed to use. Unmetered bandwidth could mean anything and really is worthless in long run if you plan on getting a lot of traffic sometime in future. And why wouldn't you want to get as much traffic as possible for your site?
VIP PowerNet (VIPWH) Launches Windows Web HostingWritten by Paras Shah
VIP PowerNet, Inc., one of nation's leading Internet service providers, today announced addition of a Windows-based solution to its suite of business class Web hosting services. Geared toward small businesses, new Web hosting product is offered in three different service plans, and features a Web hosting or ecommerce package, mailboxes and Web site traffic measurement, as well as options for domain name registration and a search engine submission.
The addition of Windows hosting meets needs of today's small business customer whether customer is marketing a service, product or business on Internet or selling products online. Combining VIP PowerNet's award winning toll-free customer service and support with Windows hosting provides a superior choice for small business customers establishing a presence online.
Each service level of VIP PowerNet's Windows based product, comes with a control panel that allows customer to manage their account and access web hosting features. Also included are options of 50, 200, 400 and 1000MB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth and 5, 10, 50 and 200 mailboxes respectively, and range in price from $9.15 - $35.15. All web hosting plan and pricing are listed at: http://www.vipwh.com/sharedwebhosting.htm.
VIP PowerNet is a leading provider of Internet services that meet needs of small business market. Featuring Windows and Linux based Web hosting & ecommerce services, company also offers business grade Internet access including dial-up, high-speed, dedicated and wireless. Web hosting customers can also count on VIP PowerNet's reliable service with nearly 100 percent up-time and access to round clock technical and customer support.