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Choosing a Web host
|There are some
simple rules to follow when looking for a web host. The first
rules is to avoid free hosts whenever possible, it is easy to
think that a free service is preferable to paying a monthly fee
however with web hosting this is defiantly not the case.
Paid hosting has several important advantages over free hosting. Firstly you
will receive more useful features with paid hosting. Technical
support will be much better with help available when you need
it. Generally speaking Paid hosts will have much faster
connections to the internet so your site will appear quicker.
Most importantly with paid hosting you won't have to display a
banner on each page advertising the Hosting Company and
advertising to the world that you are on a free host. With
excellent hosting packages starting from $6.99 per month there
is no reason why you shouldn't go with a paid host.
The second simple rule concerns what operating system to choose. You will
find hosts offering you Windows Hosting or Linux Hosting, it is
tempting to choose windows as it's a name everyone knows and
many people mistakenly believe that because their PC runs
windows they need a Windows Host but in this case they'd be
wrong. Whichever hosting package you choose you will receive a
control panel through which you administer your site these are
graphical environments through which you can control many
aspects of your website from configuring your web mail and
installing forum software to creating a database. Take a lead
from the marble halls of business most major companies host
their websites on Linux Servers. Linux Servers generally runs
faster and are more secure than a windows server. This is partly
due to how the operating systems are built. Windows try to
include every possible function in the base package whilst Linux
allows the host company to add the functions they need.
The final thing to consider when choosing a host is the list of features
they offer. If you don't know much about html you can look for a
host that supplies you with free website building software and
some of the better ones will even supply free Domain names. You
should look at a number of different companies and compare what
they offer as standard with their hosting plans. Technical
aspects to consider are; the amount of disk space available to
you and how much monthly bandwidth you have to use. Look at how
many email accounts you can have the more the better. Customer
support features should not be overlooked check to see what
their response time is and if it's anymore than an hour look
elsewhere, also consider if they offer a money back guarantee.
Look to see what additional services they include in the package for example
do they offer daily backups? Make sure that they offer support
for PHP as this is quickly becoming the programming language of
choice with web programmers.
To conclude when choosing a website Host look for a paid host with Linux
hosting and then compare the packages on offer from a variety of
About the author:
Petr Sejba is owner of Marble
http://www.MarbleHost.com), a Web Hosting Company offering
99.9 % Uptime Guarantee, 24/7 Support with 1 hour Response
Guarantee, Free Domain Name, Generous Disk Space and Bandwidth,
Web Site Builder and more at affordable prices.