A few Words About Hosting Plans
First, we want to tell you that we are not a hosting provider,
however, we do all that we can to assist our clients find
the right type of hosting company to meet their needs and
their budgets. Finding the right hosting
provider can be a very confusing process for some new businesses
and site owners. We have attempted to make the process a little
bit easier for you. We have searched the internet extensively
for providers who offer a wide range of hosting service options
both free & low cost and still provide reliable service
options for our clients to choose from, depending on what
their needs might be. We have listed some excellent providers
for you to choose from whether you are interested in low cost
or free hosting.
Before you choose a host provider stop and think about what
your needs will be.
Domain Names: One of the first things
you need to think about is your domain name. A domain
name is also your unique address which you purchase
the "rights" to use for defined periods of
time. Domain names must be renewed every couple of years.
It is always a good idea to try to get a domain name
that matches your company's name to make it more identifiable
and easy for your customers to remember. However, the
name you want might not be available so think carefully
about alternatives before you register one so that you
do not get stuck with one you don't really like. Some
hosting companies prefer that you register your domain
name with them and might charge you a transfer fee.
You might even get a break on the total cost of hosting
your site and there are a several companies that will
even host your site for free if you register your domain
name through them, however they might charge you a few
dollars more on the domain registration fee than some
of the budget domain name registrars.
- Cost: How much are you willing to spend
on hosting per month or per year or are you looking for
a "Free" hosting company. We have found a number
of excellent ones for our clients. Many hosting companies
offer discounts if you pay for a year in advance. If you
are not happy with your chosen hosting provider you can
always move your site to someplace else.
- Space: How much space will you need?
You might not need a large amount for a basic site, 15
to 30 mgs is generally more than enough for a 15-20 pages
site with plenty of room to spare for growth unless you
are going to include a large shopping cart with a lot
of product images or other extremely large files like
MP3 and streaming media.
- Traffic: How much traffic do you expect?
This might not be of serious concern for a new site, however
if your site "takes-off" with a lot of traffic
you might need a hosting company that offers a high bandwidth
allowance. The more traffic your site gets (hits or visitors)
the more bandwidth it will need. If you expect to get
over 200 visitors per day you might need a service that
offers a higher bandwidth.
- Banner Ads: Are you open to having
adverting banners or not? Many free hosting companies
require that you include their advertising banners. If
you are thinking of using a free host check to find out
which type they require. Some providers include ads that
are placed on the top of the page, some on the bottom,
and some require a pop-up? This is also an important consideration
for the design and layout of your site as space will need
to set a side and the ad will need to be incorporated
within the design. This is also true if you plan on working
with banner & link exchange programs or affiliate
ad programs. However, don't despair, we have found a few
free hosts that do not require any banners at all!
- Databases: What additional services
will you need? If you are planning to include a data base
you might need a host that includes ASP, SSI, SQL or Coldfusion
services. If your site is primarily informational in nature
you might not need those extra services.
- Email Services: What type of e-mail
services do you need? Most hosting companies offer POP3
mail services that will work with MS Outlook while others
only offer only a web based e-mail service.
As you can see, not all hosting companies provide the same
types of services, many have restrictions as to the type of
files & content they will allow as well as additional
services they supply or support. You must check the detailed
information on any host you are considering, check their FAQ's
or Terms & Conditions. If you are still not sure, e-mail
them with your questions before you sign on with them. If
you need assistance in this area please feel free to contact
us and we will try to find out the information that you need.
Although we have included a number of recommended hosting
companies you are not in any way limited in having to choose
any of the providers that we have included, we will work with
any service provider that you prefer. If you have or know
of a service that you would prefer to use arrangements can
We have also included a several reputable companies for you
to register your own domain name. Most hosting companies also
offer you the option of setting up your domain name with them.
This can be very convenient, however, generally, they might
charge you a bit more per year so check their prices.
Feel free to explore as many options as you like, I have
included links to each of the providers sites for you to check
them out for yourselves as well. When you find several companies
that you might like to work with let us know. Once you decide
and register with a company for your domain name and hosting
services it is important to keep careful track all the account
information and passwords. Make sure you use an active e-mail
account that will you will continue to maintain since many
times this is used as user verification. We have had a number
of clients who forgot who they signed with and lost or forgot
passwords causing them major problems when it came time to
update their sites.
Download Our: Beginners Guide to Owning a Web
This FREE PDF booklet contains important information for anyone
new to establishing a new web site. It includes information
about what to look for in a hosting company, the steps to
getting a merchant account as well as marketing & site
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