Web pages basically consist of text and images. Generically, the information contained by these files is called content. The look of the web page is called design. In order to be accessible to online users, all these files must be stored on a web server.

webThere are thousands of web servers in the world, and there are companies that own them. Such a company is called web hosting provider. One question you may have asked yourself is “how do I choose a hosting provider when there are thousands of available hosting companies online?”

Well, it really is like searching through the yellow pages in an attempt to find publishing companies. On this article, we are going to look at some of the factors that you need to consider before choosing your website hosting provider. Especially if you want to make money on the internet.

Choosing a good web hosting service is vital for the success of your business, so take the time to consider your options carefully. Listed below are some particular factor to consider for your web hosting guide:

Free or cost? Web hosting costs greatly depend on your personal web hosting needs. Many free hosting services exist on the web but free doesn’t necessarily mean better. Don’t let price be your only considering factor, reliability is going to count too. Choose the most effectively cost for your need.

Web hosting plan. Space and bandwidth are usually the main characteristics of a web hosting plan. The terminology associated with web hosting can be quite dazzling, like dedicated hosting, shared hosting, reseller hosting, or co-locating hosting. What the different?

In dedicated web hosting one single web server is rented to a single customer. Co-locating web hosting is similar with dedicated web hosting. The main difference is that while in dedicated web hosting the web server computer belongs to the web-hosting provider and is only rented by the customer, in co-locating web hosting the customer owns the web server computer. The web-hosting provider only houses the web server computer and sells bandwidth to the customer.

Shared web hosting means that on a web server are hosted many web sites that all have a defined quota of HDD space and bandwidth. They all run simultaneously and there can be from hundreds to thousands of web sites on the same web server. Technically, the reseller web hosting is very similar to shared web hosting. The resellers usually are web designers or web developers who offer web hosting services as part of their integrated services.

Look at features offered. When purchasing web hosting it is just as important to ensure that you have CGI access as well as features such as MySQL, Real Audio, Real Video, and Cold Fusion. SSL or Secure Socket Layer is a crucial feature for doing ecommerce.

Last but not least, take the time to use the power of the web and check out a hosting service’s reputation. Check and see how many negative reviews a company you are considering working with has received. There’s no honesty like an unhappy customer!

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