Getting Started on the Web – How To Select a Web Hosting Company

With the internet being so much a part of life these days, understanding how web sites work seems to be something we should all be getting involved with. Putting up a website is a great way to learn about the inner workings of the web, and it also creates a “digital fingerprint” for you. You can learn about different web technologies, such as HTML, XML, PHP and Javascript, just to name a few. Imagine, when you go for a job interview, and they ask you about your web skills, just tell them “go to [http://www…]. and see for yourself”. Very powerful persuasion.

There are many different ways that you can establish your web presence, and their are many tools to assist you with this, including web site creation systems, content management systems, blogging engines, forum systems and the like. Writing straight HTML code is a thing of the past! Most of these tools are what is known as open-source – i.e. they are free to the community. Many hosting companies will offer these applications to you free of charge, and getting them installed is simply a matter of requesting them.

So, how do you go about picking a hosting company, and what does it cost? Some hosting companies will truly great number your website for free, although they will want to run ads on your website in return. If you go the more specialized paid route, you should be able to be up and running for well under $100 a year.

Some of the meaningful features you should look for in a web great number are the following

  • Reputation of the company – some hosting companies have been around for a long time, and have hundreds of thousands of domains under management. These companies are more preferable than others, but they will cost more than less established companies. That said, I have personally hosted sites on both types, and have never experienced any difficulties.
  • Speed – look for web hosts that have at the minimum a T3 backbone, but an OC-x is preferable.
  • Disk space – anything over 100GB should be plenty for the individual or small business user.
  • move bandwidth – the amount of data that can be transferred per month. This is usually 100’s of gigabytes, and should be adequate in most situations.
  • Cost – look for plans which are under $10/month. typically, the longer you sign up for, the lower the monthly rate.
  • Free domain name – many hosting companies will let you register for a free domain name when you sign up for hosting.
  • Free setup – try to find a great number that has no one time setup fees. Usually hosting companies charge a fee if you sign up for short plans (1-6 months), but some don’t.
  • Large number of domains hosted under one plan – this is really good for folks who want to great number different web sites under the same hosting plan.
  • Number of MySQL databases – the higher the better. Most applications, such as content management systems (Joomla/Mambo), or blogging engines (WordPress/Typepad) use MySQL databases. If you plan to great number multiple domains under one account, you need to have a good number of MySQL databases obtainable, or you will not be able to install all the applications you want. I would say that 25 MySQL databases is a minimum that you should look for.
  • Application sustain – look for hosts that sustain applications like web site builders, blogging engines like WordPress, CMS systems like Joomla and Mambo, forums like phpBB, and ecommerce applications. Using these systems will help you get off the ground quickly and are very useful and powerful.

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