Choose A Host That Matches Your Home Business Needs

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It's worth the read if you're in the market for webhosting, seriously.

With plethora of hosting companies offering services, choosing a good
web host seems an intimidating task. The technical jargon is hard to
decipher and that makes it difficult further. It is better to prepare
beforehand and then search for offers rather than acting otherwise.

What is web hosting? If one compares the web to land hosing is the
place where your office or website will be placed. Server is the
computer which stores your website files and allows them to be viewed
on clicking the link to your site.

With free hosting out of question for business and dedicated hosting
being too expensive, shared hosting is the only and good option for
home business. As the name suggests, in shared hosting your site is
stored with many others unlike dedicated hosting which stores only your

Now let us discuss other features:

?Disc or Server space:

This is the space on hard disk of your server that will be allotted to
your site. Without graphics a typical web page occupies 40 ? 50 Kb. Now
1000 kb = 1 MB. Allowing space for graphics too and need for any future
expansion anything between 50 -100 MB should be good enough if you are
not running a flashy website. Many companies offer space up to 1 GB
(1000 MB) but if you do not require, do not fall for the offer.


A very important aspect and often overlooked. This is the amount of
actual data that can be transferred from the web server that holds your
website. It is directly linked to the number of visitors to your site.
If you have 10000 visitors per month with few downloads you will
require anything between 5 -6 GB per month. More downloads means higher
requirement. As your business grows you will need more. For starting 10
GB should be good enough. That leaves you with extra margin.

?E- Mail aliases:

This lets you formulate an e-mail address on your site address e.g.
anything@ your where anything can be support, live
support, help, info, subscribe etc. Anything! This makes your business
look professional. Look for you needs but anything around 10 is good
enough. Many companies offer unlimited aliases too.

?Watch for these too:

If you plan to accept payment on your side an access to SSL (Secure
Socket Layer) encryption is must. If you want your site to be
interactive you would need to install cgi(Common Gateway Interface). So
better to look for a host who supplies you your own cgi bin.

If you wish to create your site in Microsoft FrontPage then check
whether your host provides FrontPage extension. If you plan to run a
site with database then MySQL should be a desired feature.

Your host should also provide you free access to your server. You
should have free access to log files and statistics of the traffic your
site receives. If your host offers referral programme it is better.

?Customer Support:

This matters a great deal to your business. You will need this help
whenever you run in trouble. If your host is not supportive or is not
prompt enough then it could mean loss in your business. See that you
are provided a good and meaningful support. Send them a question or
two. Study the response. Find out if they are available on phone in
case you are in emergent situation.

Make sure that this service is free and they will not charge anything
in name of customer support.

Finally, you will have to find what matches your business needs. Search
before you settle for a deal. Narrow down your choice to a few
prospective hosts. Look for their reputation. Ask them examples of
sites hosted.

Check with their existing clients and find how satisfied they are. Most
good business hosts are available between $ 15- 50 with few differences
that could matter to the individual.

You can start small and upgrade later provided your host gives you this
option. Select the one who allows you to expand if the need arises.

Just two words before you go. "Select carefully"

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