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Some Things To Look For In A Web Host

web hosting has changed a lot in the last few years. Gone are the days of paying through the nose to have a website on the World Wide Web. Nor must you be a technological genius to set up a website. There are literally hundreds of choices when it comes to web hosts these days.

So, how do you choose the right one for you? In some respects, it may depend on what type of website you are looking to host. Do you just need to host a simple brochure type site? Do you plan to write a blog? Or, will you need tons of bandwidth for photo galleries or audio-visual media? Knowing the answers to questions such as those is your first task.

However, there are a few essential features that every good web host should have. This article will outline these features, in no particular order.

1. A reasonable price. Unless you have very special needs, you should never have to pay more than $10 to $15 a month for dependable, full-featured web hosting. You can often save money by paying for a full year in advance, but at any rate, there are many cost-effective web-hosting solutions available today.

2. A cPanel interface. All of the best web hosts offer “cPanel”, which is a web-based control panel that allows you to manage your domain through a web interface. It’s an industry standard that enables site configuration and management, including setting up email, database administration, file management, FTP, and installation of scripts. Cpanel also generally comes with Fantastico, which is an easy-as-pie installer for the WordPress blog platform, bulletin board software, and more.

3. 100% reliability. Your web host should be able to guarantee 100% (or at least 99.9%) uptime. That means you can count on your site being live virtually all of the time and that you will have access to it, cPanel, and your email. Being able to guarantee that type of reliability will generally require that the host have back up server capability. If you’re not sure, check before you commit.

4. Easily accessible customer support. Look for both web-based and telephone support. One or the other should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Web solutions may include both email (or an email-based support ticket system) and live chat. You’ll also want the support to be intelligent, reliable, and friendly. In addition, it will be helpful if they offer help files you can download or access online.

5. Multiple domain hosting. If you never plan to create more than one website, this feature may not be important to you. But for most Web entrepreneurs, this is an important consideration when choosing a web host. Most web hosts today offer cost-effective options for hosting more than one domain on an account. Some even offer unlimited domains for one low monthly (or quarterly) rate.

6. Large amounts of storage space and bandwidth allowed. You want to plan for future growth of your site, both in terms of the size of the site itself, and in the amount of traffic it attracts. Ideally, you’ll sign up with a web host that won’t penalize you for your growth, at least not for a long time. 25MB is a good minimum, and if necessary you should be able to easily upgrade your space without having to switch hosts.

7. Number of POP3 email accounts allowed. Unlimited email accounts is best. That gives you the flexibility to add unique email addresses for different functions on your website, such as sales@yourdomain.com, webmaster@yourdomain.com, support@yourdomain.com, etc. If you can’t get unlimited email, then at least look for multiple email account capability.

8. Access to logs and statistics. You’ll want to evaluate your site’s performance over time, once it gets going. So having access to free statistics software and web logs will help with that analysis.

9. Ability to use FTP or online file management. File Transfer Protocol (FTP for short) is a tool where you can upload large numbers of files quickly. You’ll want to be able to use FTP, at least some of the time. But online file management (especially through cPanel–see #2 above) is great when you only want to upload a file or two, or when you want to be able to administer your site when you’re not at your own computer.

10. Backups. There should be some sort of plan for backups with your web host. Ideally, they’ll include it in your price, but you may have to pay extra. All companies, though, should be doing some sort of backing up as a routine security measure. Find out, too, what is backed up, e.g., files, databases, server settings, etc.

So, there you have it–a rundown of the top features to expect from the best web hosting companies. By the way, free web hosting IS still available, but the old adage, “You get what you pay for” was never more true than in relation to web hosting, especially if you want to host a business web site. Be willing to pay for quality, reliability, and a full set of features.

A Guide to the Different Types of Web Hosting Service

What is web hosting?

web hosting is a business of providing web services, file management and server space for websites that are controlled by companies or individuals who do not have their own web servers.

In recent times we have seen how the world has become internet inclined; people have started considering web presence as a necessity and not a luxury. Owning a website is a great way to advertise your products and services to millions of people world wide. This is not only fast but gives your reputation and business a good boost.

web hosting is nothing but hosting your website and making it accessible to a wide range of people across the globe. There are several kinds of web hosting methods that you need to familiarize yourself with and also learn what makes each of them different for the others to take an educated decision on which technique to go for that would suit your needs the best.

The following are a few web hosting techniques:

* Shared hosting: this is one of the cheapest web hosting methods that allows different clients to share the same server, hence the name ‘shared hosting’.

Opting for ‘shared hosting’ means that it is the web host’s responsibility to check that everything is up and running all the time. The only thing you need to do is to sign up with the web host and the rest is all taken care of by them.

* Dedicated web hosting: unlike shared hosting, dedicated hosting allows you to hire an entire server and use it all by yourself. You are provided with the authority to use all the resources and host multiple websites.

* Free Web Hosting service: this option provides you with free hosting services, but the advertisements that are supported by these hosts are often limited compared to the paid ones.

* Reseller web hosting: reseller hosting allows customers to become hosts themselves. These kind of hosting services work in combination with other types of web hosting schemes.

* Ecommerce web hosting: before you decide on a particular type of web hosting service it’s very important to know what purpose your web site will serve. Whether your web site is for personal or business use. In case your site is meant for business use, then opting for Ecommerce web hosting may be a good option for you as it provides many helpful features to facilitate business transactions easily over the internet.

* Clustered web hosting: clustered web hosting means number of servers hosting the same content for better resource utilization.

* Home server: the severs installed in private residence for hosting one or more web sites based on usual broad band internet connection, is known as Home server web hosting.

There are more web hosting techniques apart from the aforementioned that provides you with different kinds of services. Whatever kind of hosting you choose it is advisable that you take your time to study what will best suit your needs and then take your decision, so as to make sure you get your money’s worth.