Sometimes being presented with so many options can become quite complicated. The same can be said when you are trying so hard to find the best host for your website, especially if you do not have a clue of how to rate the provider.
Let me give you a few pointers on what to look for in a good Web host:
Sufficient Disk Space for File Storage
This will all depend on the volume of information you foresee you will be able to accumulate. It will involve the number of pages you envision to be uploading to your site. Personal sites or ecommerce site which will be primarily used to move products will need a few pages and minimal graphics so that 10 GB per month will already be sufficient. However, if you are planning on having several pages similar to an online shopping mall, you should at least 300 GB.
Measurements of storage space is presented in KB (kilobytes), MB (megabytes) and GB (gigabytes)
Bandwidth / Traffic / Transfer
The terms indicated above all pertains to the volume of data that goes through your site, or your traffic volume, meaning how many hits you have had or how many times your site has been visited. If you believe you can achieve several hundreds of hits daily, then 10, 15 of 25 GB will be sufficient. But if you believe you can achieve more than this volume, such as a monthly hit in the vicinity of hundreds of thousands, then you should get an account with the biggest Bandwidth possible.
Gigabytes are used to measure bandwidth.
One protocol script utilized to make a website active is the CGI or Common Gateway Interface. They make use of moving and flashing objects and banners to make the site more interesting. If your hosts uses CGI, and you have a good understanding of scripting and a good web design programming it can all work together to produce a very dynamic site.
Frontage extensions have now become a regular fare for sites. The Microsoft FrontPage employs the web design program which allows you to develop web pages wherein the software takes care of doing the coding. This program is also known as WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get). It is so convenient to use a host which utilizes FrontPage extensions because as you are ready to with your designs which you worked on from your computer, it can be readily publish just by pushing the “publish site” button and it will be instantly transferred to your site.
Shared Hosting / Dedicated Servers
At times, for cost consideration, you will have to share your rented web space with other clients, through a common web server which is the normal set-up.
If you can afford to purchase a server just for your own use, then you can do so and you do not have to share your server with other clients. This is the option you should take if you already have a large volume of traffic and a lot of graphics. If you have such volume, it will take a long time to upload if you are using shared server.
It will be easy to decide which company to choose to host your Web as long as you know you know your requirements. If you are on a start-up mode and expect just several hundreds of hits or lesser daily, shared hosting would be the ideal choice.
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