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There are many things that one must keep in mind while venturing into the World Wide Web for the first time with the purpose of hosting a website for
a new business or just with the intention of sharing knowledge. With the boom of the web world in today's era, one cannot think of starting a business
without a website. A proper infrastructure, sales, marketing and product promotion are some of the things that one has to invest into when starting a
new business. Startup companies operate on shoe string budgets and hence need to develop and host websites that are efficient as well as very
cost-effective.


Website of a company plays a major role in creating awareness among the customers, making the presence of the company felt in the competitive
market, getting traffic and creating a niche in the web world. If your business is Internet-based then your first priority becomes to host your website in
the web world.


There are many web hosting companies that offer special packages for the startups. The web hosting packages offered by them are designed keeping
in mind the requirements of a new business and of those wanting to share knowledge. The SEO experts of these companies are specially to provide
you with potentially strong techniques to drive traffic into your website


Processes that startup firms need to follow for web hosting:


Hosting a website for the first time in the internet may be a little cumbersome. Here are some simple steps following which one can easily go with the
process of choosing and selecting a web hosting company to host the website for a new company or an individual.


* The first task should always be to search the internet and obtain as many price quotes as possible firm companies who offer web hosting services for
new firms.


* Choose the one that best meets your budget and your requirements. Undertake a full search of what they offer, what their background is and if there
are any other features. Compare this to some of the other sites you have seen.


Apply online - fill up the online form and provide it with all the required information like Name, Address, Country, Credit Card details etc.


* Wait for the approval which should arrive in a matter of days.


As soon as the application is approved and a hosting account created, one can successfully host a website on the web.


What is a Web Hosting Startup package?


For firms who are looking to enter the internet for the first time, there is a great deal of companies to choose from who offer tailored web hosting
startup packages. There are many reasons to start a website and it can include blogging or sharing information and knowledge with other people. It is
quite common for new firms to have low needs and casual demands for their site and this is matched by having a limited budget. These are the
constraints that web host providers will work round to offer special packages to new companies.


Features in a Web Hosting Startup package:


Although each firm will offer their own individual package the following issues will be common amongst many providers:


* Web Management system - This will include a base amount of between 20MB and 50MB disk storage space. It should also include a minimum of
10GB each month for data transfers, the ability to have complete FTP and anonymous FTP access. In addition to these services, there should also be
the provision of Static IP Address and Secure Server (SSL) Transaction Encryption.


* Email Features - Every web hosting package should feature email facilities. The majority of packages for startup firms have roughly 10 email
accounts, which are commonly POP/Web accounts. There should also be the facility for email aliases and forwarding, the opportunity to have PGP
Email Encryption, Personal SMTP Mail Server and lastly be equipped to provide an auto response facility within the email.


E-Commerce - A standard Web Hosting service for startups includes PHP4 Server-side Scripting, SSH - Secure Shell, Server Side Includes (SSI) and
Password Protected Directories.
Technical Support - Many companies provide 24-hour Trouble Ticket Support and 99.9% Uptime guaranteed per year


* Website Monitoring - Some of these packages include Wusage 7.0 Graphical Statistics, Raw Access Logs which can be downloaded and DailyData
Backups.


Additional Software - The package may also include some additional software like Enhanced Support for FrontPage Extensions and Web Based
Control Panel.


* Hardware & Network - There are many different offerings that firms may provide in a startup package but they can include Dual-1 Ghz Pentium IV
Servers, Apache Server Software, 10-T1, Custom Red Hat Server and 1-OC3 Network Connectivity in addition to Uninterruptible Power.


* Advanced Features - There are also a great deal of additional features of a more advanced nature that many web hosts are including in their startup
packages. Some of these features include offering a 30 day money back guarantee, Custom Error Documents, Pico & Cron Tab, .htaccess and Joe.
This is in addition to the following features: elm, vi, Pine, Emacs 20.4, Python & TCL Compilers, Java JDK, Perl, C and C++. And if that is not enough,
some customers may also be offered CGI Bin, Custom MIME Types, bash, csh, tsh and Unix Shells.


Important tips for the Startups:


People starting a new business and those who are planning to host their website in the world web should always be aware about the goal of the
website. They must be clear about what their website wants to archive. This clarification is essential before going ahead with hosting the website on
the web world. Here are some of the important tips that the startups can keep in mind before hosting their website.


* Many website visitors have short attention spans so a website needs to grab them quickly. The more attractive the site the easier it will be to do this.
Asking questions of yourself in what you like to see can help the design process to be more attractive to customers.


* Good use of search engine optimization facilities can be vital for any startup website and these should compliment the existing content on the site.


How do you want your company or the products to be marketed in the web?


* Although the website should be friendly to search engines, there needs to be strong content to keep users coming back to the site. This can be
improved by having a level of interaction with visitors.


* Think of how many other sites are starting up just now. You need to ensure your firm stands out from the rest of them.


Do not go for shared web hosting services as it has no performance guarantees.


Ensure that the company that is hosting your website has fast connections


* Determine if your web host company has a Plan Bin case there is a power outage.


Test the customer support service


Before selecting a company, find out whether or not they provide the free access to a secure server for order processing, an online Web Site Manager
and an online support manual.


There are many problems that need to be overcome when creating a new website. To enable growth and bring traffic to the site, there is a need to
undertake search engine optimization and undertake a level of structuring on your website. This is why many people are seeking the assistance from
professional Web hosts who fully understand the needs and requirements of the startup websites and what services will be of most benefit to them.


About the Author
About the Author: Matt Hedges. Hedges, a 12 year veteran of the web hosting industry, helps small business owners find the best web hosting
companies on the Internet.
Source: http://articlesfyi.com

				
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