|Get What You Pay For
Why bother paying for hosting when there are plenty of companies
offering free hosting? Well, in web hosting, when you pay
nothing, you often end up with nothing.
Most free web hosts offer limited services. Even though they are
not charging you to host your website, they still need to make
money. The most common way to do this to place advertising on
your site. You probably will have no control over what kind of
ads show up. You won't be consulted when those decisions are
Sometimes free hosts will place restrictions on the content you
place on your site. For example, you may not be allowed to sell
things or have certain types of content, such as videos or
music. Worst of all, your web site could disappear overnight.
New companies offering free hosting pop up almost everyday, but
they also vanish with astonishing regularity. When your hosting
company vanishes, your web site goes with it.
Do You Need A High-Priced Web Host?
You'll need to use a reliable web host if you are serious about
having a web site. Prices range considerably -- some companies
offer rates as low as $2 a month, while others charge over $100.
The highest rates don't always translate into the best service.
Some of the lower-priced hosts offer a reliable, stable
environment that allows your website to be accessed around the
clock for years.
Generally speaking, though, the more you pay the more you get.
Higher rates should bring you services such as more storage
space, more bandwidth to handle Internet traffic, and extras
such as databases, email accounts, mass mailers, and the ability
to add custom scripts. Higher rates can also mean better
technical support, in the unlikely event you have problems with
What is a Web Server?
When you're ready to make your move, it helps to understand some
of the technical details about the service you're buying. Every
host has dedicated computers known as servers, which connect to
the internet and "serve" pages any time they are requested. So,
whenever anyone wants to see a certain web page by clicking on a
link, the request is sent to the particular server where that
web page is stored. The server responds by sending HTML data
across the internet, and eventually back to the person who
A web server must have fast connections to be able to serve
pages quickly. For the greatest speed and reliability, try to
find a host that has multiple high-speed connections, as well as
reliable back-up power supplies in case of power outages.
Remember, you are trying to build a business, so you'd better be
prepared to pay to keep the other business in business.
Otherwise you may both soon be out of business.
About the author:
Hosting Solutions to learn more. Ron King is a full-time
researcher, writer, and web developer with a Website
Copyright 2005 Ron King. This article may be reprinted if the
resource box is left intact.
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