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S ELECTION OF WEB HOST AND WEB PAGE SYSTEM
W EB HOST stores all the pages of your website and makes them available to computers connected to the Internet. are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data centre.
Determining Your Needs Look at your current website (or website idea). Understand the three main types of hosting: shared server virtual server Dedicated server
Checking Customer Service Explore the support options. Customer service is one of the most important factors in choosing a web host, because down-time and technical issues can really impact your visitors. Check the support section of each host to see what kind of customer service options they provide. Test the response time. If there is a support forum or support email address, send a test message or two to see how the response times are, ask questions about the service, or the process for getting your site onto the server. The way they treat a potential customer will give a good measure for how they'll respond once you are a customer
Read reviews on the company's service. There are a variety of places online where people can post reviews about web hosting services. Check some of the more recent reviews for the company to see if people have had issues with customer service and support. Comparing Features Check how much storage the host provides. Storage is the amount of space your website is given for all of its content. This includes your web pages, images, videos, databases, and anything else. If your website is not content-heavy, you likely will not need much space. The typical website is less than 100 MB in size, so you can usually ignore the claims of massive storage.
Compare bandwidth amounts between hosts. The bandwidth is the amount of data that is allowed to be transferred from your server to a visitor. Some services will offer unlimited bandwidth, while others will put a cap on the amount that you can transfer. The amount of bandwidth you use will be determined by the amount of traffic you receive as well as the size of the content on your host. For example, a heavily-visited site with lots of pictures will take a lot more bandwidth than a heavily-visited site with mostly text. "Unlimited bandwidth" is rarely actually unlimited, and the trade- offs for services like these are often very noticeable. These hosts will typically be much slower than a host that applies bandwidth limits. Make sure you know what will happen if you go over your bandwidth allotment. Depending on the hosting company, you may be charged extra or your website may be taken offline until the next billing period.
Confirm that the host offers acceptable security tools. The security of your web host is especially important if your are dealing with eCommerce and other forms of customer and user information. Check what operating system the server is using. Most affordable web hosts use Linux which is fine for most small businesses and personal sites. If you are running a business that uses custom tools written with Microsoft.NET, you'll want to make sure you use a Windows server for greater compatibility.
Thinking About Cost Know the limits of free hosting. There are many companies that offer free web hosting, but the services offered are often severely limiting. Sites on free hosts will usually have ads on them that cannot be removed, and you typically can't set up ads for yourself. Balance cost against features. When comparing paid packages, pay attention to the cost of additional features that you may not use. Web hosts love to bundle all kinds of services and products with their expensive packages, but they are usually only useful in very specific situations. Make sure that you're paying for reliability and customer service, and not useless add-ons.
Know that good customer support often costs more. Customer service is one of the most crucial aspects when making your web hosting decision, but keep in mind that good customer service does not come cheap. When you're choosing among low-cost providers, the chances are that the customer service will not be stellar. Avoid buying your domain name from your host. Most web hosting services offer to take care of your domain name registration for an extra fee. You can almost always find the domain for cheaper through other domain registries. Save your money.other domain registries
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