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Web Hosting - Choose Affordable, Cheap Web Hosting

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Web hosting offers you the opportunity to put your web site online, when
you think about it; it’s the only way you can do it. No matter how large
or small in content your web site happens to be it has to go onto a web
server.


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<b>The Basics:</b>

Web hosting offers you the opportunity to put your web site online, when
you think about it; it’s the only way you can do it. No matter how large
or small in content your web site happens to be it has to go onto a web
server. A web server is simply a larger and much more powerful computer
than your own. Your internet content simply sits on this server for
people to access and view your information. The web servers are stored
within data centers, all you are simply doing is renting some space on
the server.

<b>Why use a web hosting service:</b>

Firstly it’s very affordable. Web hosting companies will look after and
update all software required to maintain your site, they will also add
all security patches making sure your content is safe from
hackers/viruses and unwanted spam. Once you register your domain name
(web site name) you have to have it hosted for the public to view your
information. If you run into any difficulties you will have a full
technical support team to help you out. To host your own will cost too
much on hardware, bandwidth and ongoing software updates.

<b>I hear of shared web hosting – What is it?</b>

When shopping around for a web host company you will find that many are
offering shared web hosting. Shared web hosting is simply a server that
has a number of different web sites sitting on it simultaneously. You
will be allocated a certain amount of disk space on the server and this
may allow you to have a number of web sites hosted on the one server.
Shared web hosting is a very secure service even though you could be
sharing the server with many different companies. No other company will
have access to your files. Many people think that using a shared service
will make the web site act very slowly, this is totally incorrect, the
information will be displayed and downloaded equally as fast as if it
where on the server on it’s own. Web host companies offer shared hosting
simply to use up all the space on the server, there is no benefit to you
or them having empty hard disk space.

<b>What makes a good web host site?</b>

If you have developed a web site for business opportunity or to sell
merchandise online you need reliability. Downtime costs you money so the
less downtime you experience the better chance of making money. You need
to compile a list of questions to ask the web host company when it comes
to hosting your site. You need a guarantee response time if the
unthinkable should happen and the site goes offline. You need 24 hour
access to your files with 24 hour support if you intend selling products
online, most of your sales could be made in the evening or n ight time so
you have to have support for any issues that could arise. Statistics are
also important; you need to know how many unique hits (people visiting
your site) you are getting so you can see the trend of people just
visiting to those who are buying. Some web host companies offer very
substantial stats while others can be less informative, you should ask
for a demonstration.

Word of mouth is a great way to hear as to who is a good host and a bad
host. If you know somebody in a similar position to you, ask their
opinion from their experience. There are plenty of good honest web host
companies out there but like every market there are a few bad apples. Ask
the questions and make sure you are confident with the replies before you
join up.

<b>Will it matter if I host my web site in my own country or in
another?</b>

Generally speaking no. If you are happy with your questions answered and
the company have 24 hour support to allow for time differences you should
have the same level service as if the web host company was based just
down the road. Some people think that by hosting their website outside of
their registered country they will lose their domain identity, this is
false e.g. if I was based in Ireland and I had a computer website it
would be something like www.computerparts.ie The .ie is the identity of
Ireland but if I wanted this site hosted in the US I would still keep the
.ie, there is no need to change to .com. That’s the great thing about web
hosting, the world is your oyster and you can shop online globally until
your are truly happy with the service.

				
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