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Basics of web hosting

Websites no matter what purpose they stand to serve, personal and professional, brand new or existing ones, need a reliable and committed web host. But when it comes to start looking around for a host, one is often flooded with plenty of choices. The options herein are varied: from absolutely free to excessively expensive, from damn feature-packed web hosting to services which sound sincerely modest and realistic in claims and offerings.

How you make a decision amid such apparently lucrative or tacitly disadvantageous, if you dig a little deeper, options depends on how best you know what you need, and what you are eyeing eventually. And definitely not to say, whether you want a lot of business or none at all.

Here are a few things that may act as a ready reckoner while you are contemplating a reliable and sincere web host:

Go for a free web hosting, and get ready for a ride

Free web hosting is a tempting offer. But your business needs investments – wise investments. Don't let yourself be fooled in your desperation to save some monies.

Paid hosting has got a lot more advantages over free hosting. First and foremost, you will get more useful features as against free hosting. Technical support will be far much better, with help available in times when you critically need it. Moreover, paid hosts will have much faster connections and your site will appear quicker, which may be a distinct advantage for you.

What is most significant is that with paid hosting you won't have to display a banner on each page advertising the Hosting Company and, worst still advertising to the world that you are on a free host

While choosing the operating system, make a need-based decision

Quite often you will find Windows tempting enough as your operating system. What you know is that your PC runs Windows and that's why you need a Windows Host. What you do not know is that you may be wrong here. You may take a lead from the fact that the marble halls of business most major companies host their websites on Linux Servers. Linux Servers actually runs faster and are more secure than a windows server. Windows seek to include every possible function in the base package whilst Linux allows the host company to add the functions they need.

Analyze value-added services on offer Hosting companies offer different value-added services to stand tall in the crowd. Make sure you do not go for value added services that you won't use anyway. Some of the really cool features are: auto-installers which saves you time if you are going to install a forum, image gallery, or content management system, and online website builder which lets you design a website in a few minutes without having any creation software and knowledge.

Look for around the clock tech support

This is precisely because if you have a problem with your website, you need to be able to talk to someone and have them fix it immediately. As long as the host offers this sort of support, it is perfectly okay. If they don't, chances are that you might wait several days with your website down, and might experience the agony of lost business.

Settle for large bandwidth

While going for a web host, negotiate for plenty of bandwidth to support your site. More bandwidth means your site loads as quickly as possible, opens fast, and will carry a hell of lot of information.

Ask for excessive storage space

Even though you do not need much storage space, do not hesitate to have it in excess because you may need to give your business some growing space.

Get email that relates to your company

The moment you have a web host and a URL, you need to have your own email that ties into your company name. This is very common place, but you may be tricked here nonetheless.

Ready the web host for additional domains

Future holds all kinds of possibilities. You never know how soon you might feel the need of more than one domain. So, it is fine that you talked about ready willingness of your web host to provide you the same once the need arises.

Do not forget to include domain parking

If you have already a domain name, but do not have your own name server then you will surely require a web host that will allow you to store or “park” your domain name on their server. It will help your domain remain valid for a longer period of time. Make sure you get toolkit to manage your site

Be sure you get a tool box that will help you manage your site easily and the way you want. This is really important for you that you are able to do it with ease and convenience.

These useful tweaks will definitely come in handy to you whenever you sit down deciding which web host's features should take precedence over rest others and why.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 November 2010 10:02 )

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