When you buy web hosting, you are really
renting some space on a computer that is
to the internet. (A bit like renting a flat in an apartment
a wide range of choices and should consider
many factors including price, reliability, features
Web Hosting Options: Free Websites
You may be on a low budget,
or just want to experiment with a website.
There are many free services
which have lots of features that help you actually build
your own website. Almost all of these require you to
accept advertising on each page of your website in return
for the free service.
are huge. Others are quite discreet - a small
link at the bottom of each page.
Most free providers
also force you to have pop up advertising windows,
will really annoy your visitors.
Free Websites are great
to try things out for
your personal website.
But if you are serious about putting your business
online, don't use a free provider - it's not a good
image for your business.
To find companies
offering free websites, just use your web browser
for the words "free websites".
ISP (Internet Service Provider) provides you
with access to the internet by dial up modem
or a permanent
When you signed up with them you probably got a
few megabytes of space where you could set up a website.
While you CAN use this space for a business website,
it has many disadvantages.
main function of an ISP is to maintain their internet
connection facilities so that their customers can
log on to the internet and get satisfactory performance.
provision of webspace is much less important to them.
They often don't perform security upgrades promptly,
or provide comprehensive administrative facilities
for website and email management.
The facilities are minimal, and the monthly traffic
allowances you get are small. If you exceed them your
site normally gets shut down for the rest of the month.
You usually get no traffic monitoring tools, and no
ability to run the more advanced features of websites
like CGI scripts, databases, or forms.
Another disadvantage is the refusal of most companies
to connect your own domain name to these sites. They'll
tell you that it can't be done, or that you have
to purchase one of their more expensive commercial
Professional Web Hosting
Web Hosting company provides you with a place
to store a website, so that is available to internet
24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
main function of a web host is making sure that the
computers storing their clients websites are operational
and connected to the internet 24 hours a day 7 days
hosts offer a range of services and facilities. Some
will let you run programs from their servers, as well
as provide online databases for internet use.
will normally receive access to a
control panel where you can perform management tasks
including the management of your website, files,
and email system.
are thousands of web hosting companies to choose
from - and the service and reliability you will receive
varies from excellent to appalling.
Web Hosting Secrets.
Secret #1 - There's No
Such Thing as Unlimited Bandwidth
Some web hosts attract clients by promising
unlimited bandwidth or unlimited traffic. Try these
at your own risk - you'll find that their definition
is different to yours, as discussed in our
article on unlimited bandwidth.
Secret #2: The location of your hosting server
doesn't really matter.
Some companies will
try to tell you that your site will
take 5 times longer to
load if it is hosted on a server that is not in Australia.
This is a mischievous misuse
of technical information.
It is true that a "ping" test
to a US site can take 5 times longer than to an Australian
this has nothing to do with the speed of loading web
The design and size of your
web pages determines how quickly your pages
load - not the location
of the server.
Secret #3 - Don't select a web hosting company
just by the look of the website or the price of their
It's easy to set up a professional looking web hosting
company. Anyone can do it for under $200. All you need
hi-tech looking website template (the more flashing
lights the better ! ) and a cheap server or reseller
account. Many 16 year olds with a bit
of technical knowledge do it to earn a bit of pocket
When you are evaluating a web host, take a bit of
time to find out some more information about them
to make sure that they will meet your needs. After
all, you are choosing a business partner - not buying
a cup of coffee.
Secret #4 - Make sure that your hosting company
does not allow illegal sites, spammers, and other
These activities can result in the unique internet
addresses allocated to your hosting company
which in turn means that any mail you send out could
It can get rough out there! Be careful.