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Before we talk about what it takes to be a cheap and good quality web host, let’s get to the
fundamental first.

What is a Web Host?
A web host is a service provider that places your web site on a computer which is connected to the
internet. The term for this ‘computer’ is called a server.

A web hosting provider will typically have a fast connection to the Internet and they may host
thousands of web sites on many servers. The web host essentially rents out space to you so that
you can get your website up on the world wide web.

With a well-managed web host, you can free yourself from worrying the up-keep of complicated
server technology and proper technical maintenance. That’s the whole purpose of the web
hosting companies. You should leave the technical work to web hosting professional while you
focus on your own internet business.

Let’s begin...
Feature Offered
The features that web hosting companies are offering are getting quite standard nowadays.
The followings are some of the common features you'll see in most web hosting plans:



Control Panel
Control Panel is an interface where you can access your site on the web server, allowing you to
set-up and subsequently update and customize your web site. Though cPanel is by far the most
popular control panel, some hosting providers customize their own so that they can up-grade and
expand it at will. Diskspace
A vast majority of sites that don't have tons of graphics, sound and video clips or downloadable
files easily fit in 50 MB of disk space. You should always leave yourself some room for growth or
check if the host has a bigger plan in case you need to upgrade. Bandwidth
Bandwidth is the amount of data transmitted or received through a unit of time. In web hosting,
bandwidth is consumed when visitors make requests for files on your web site and download them
to their personal computers. Email Account
With POP3 email accounts you can check email from Outlook, Netscape Mail, Eudora or any other
Email software. Scripting language
As all our top 10 listings are using Unix and Linux platform, php, perl and CGI are the languages
we are talking about here. It is best to choose a host that supports the latest version to maximize
the latest web technologies for the fee that you pay. Database
If your web site is going to store a lot of data that should be dynamically accessible (like user
accounts, stock prices, maps, Interactive news, message boards and forum etc.), you'll need to
look for an account that offers a database. MySQL is a powerful and most popular database
program that runs on the Linux operation system. It is able to handle million of entries all at once.
Its flexibility and speed allow you to also store logs and pictures. MySQL is designed to scale well
under heavy traffic conditions and is ideal for database-intensive or e-commerce-enabled Web
sites.

Customer Service/Support

No matter if you are an expert or a novice in web hosting, you need a web host with good
customer support system. What is the criteria of an excellent customer support? Let us explain.



How big is the knowledge base?
This is particularly important for those who want to search for quick answer without seeking direct
assistance from customer support staff. Due to the huge database, normally it’s searchable.
Some web hosting providers will even make your life easier by making a video tutorial guiding you
step by step in setting up your new account. Very useful for beginner.

Responsive customer service staff.
If you are too lazy to find the answer out of a big pool of database, get the direct answer from
someone who knows it. Direct customer support comes in a few forms.
a. Email support

b. Phone support: Normally, sales and technical support uses separate phone line. A good phone
support staff knows what your problem is and answers with relevance.

c.Web Host like Lunarpages and Globat even have live chat support. However, it’s not how
many support channels that are available but how responsive it is of the staff. You can find out the
hosting reviews and ratings [http://www.top10cheapwebhosting.com/services/cheap-web-hosting-
criteria.php] of each of our Top 10 Cheap Web Host.

Price to Disk Space / Price to Bandwidth Ratio

Are you paying too much for your Web Hosting Plan?

Having done the research on hundreds of web hosting companies, in general, we’ve come
to this conclusion: the more disk space and bandwidth you are getting, the more expensive is the
monthly price.

To help you understand which price is competitive enough for you to take up the offer, we have
categorized 5 different price range. For each price range, a score of maximum of 10 is assigned.
To understand the concept behind this, please refer to the details here.
[http://www.top10cheapwebhosting.com/services/cheap-web-hosting.php]

Popularity
A web host might have the best feature offered, unbeatable customer support and reliability in
place but without an effective marketing plan, it will go bust too. Let’s face it. If a web
hosting provider does not have sufficient members and steady growth of new members, it’s
very difficult to survive in this highly competitive industry.

We judge the popularity of a particular web hosting provider by looking at the number of awards
won, the reviews of other websites and the Alexa traffic ranking.

All the hosting providers listed on our Top 10 Cheap Web Hosting Directory are among the top
40,000 most visited websites in the world.

Reliability, Speed and Uptime Guarantee

Nothing can hurt you more than this: your visitors come to your web site only to find that it’s
not accessible. You lose credibility and possibly even a sale. If your web host does not guarantee
at least a 99% uptime, leave the web host now!

To ensure maximum uptime, installation of redundant back-up systems is essential. Each web
host has their own management systems to minimize downtime. "Redundant" means that if any of
the Internet connections get interrupted, the alternate Internet connection will take over.

We use Alertra software to monitor the uptime of each of our top 10 web hosts.

As for speed, even though routing, web server set up and local area networks play a part in
determining the speed of a site, the main concern of how fast your site is depends very much on
the types of network connections.

Many hosting providers still connect to the Internet through T1, or T3 connections. This is not the
case for our top 10 hosts- they are using OC (Optical Carrier) lines.

A T1 line will offer data transfer rate of 1.5 Mbps (megabits per second), while a T3 line can supply
data transfer rates of 43Mbps. OC-1 refers to a circuit that transmits 51.85Mbps. Higher levels are
multiples of that speed. Ultra-High Speed OC3 and OC12 lines offers 155Mbps and 622Mbps
respectively. Some hosting providers have connections to major internet backbones at the speed
of OC48 (2488Mbps) and OC96 (4976Mbps).




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