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By : Ron King
Get What You
Why bother paying for hosting when there are plenty of companies offering
free hosting? Well, in web hosting, when you pay nothing, you often end up
Most free web hosts offer limited services. Even though they are not
charging you to host your website, they still need to make money. The most
common way to do this to place advertising on your site. You probably will
have no control over what kind of ads show up. You won't be consulted when
those decisions are made.
Sometimes free hosts will place restrictions on the content you place on
your site. For example, you may not be allowed to sell things or have
certain types of content, such as videos or music. Worst of all, your web
site could disappear overnight. New companies offering free hosting pop up
almost everyday, but they also vanish with astonishing regularity. When your
hosting company vanishes, your web site goes with it.
Do You Need A High-Priced Web Host?
You'll need to use a reliable web host if you are serious about having a web
site. Prices range considerably -- some companies offer rates as low as $2 a
month, while others charge over $100. The highest rates don't always
translate into the best service. Some of the lower-priced hosts offer a
reliable, stable environment that allows your website to be accessed around
the clock for years.
Generally speaking, though, the more you pay the more you get. Higher rates
should bring you services such as more storage space, more bandwidth to
handle Internet traffic, and extras such as databases, email accounts, mass
mailers, and the ability to add custom scripts. Higher rates can also mean
better technical support, in the unlikely event you have problems with your
What is a Web Server?
When you're ready to make your move, it helps to understand some of the
technical details about the service you're buying. Every host has dedicated
computers known as servers, which connect to the internet and "serve" pages
any time they are requested. So, whenever anyone wants to see a certain web
page by clicking on a link, the request is sent to the particular server
where that web page is stored. The server responds by sending HTML data
across the internet, and eventually back to the person who requested it.
A web server must have fast connections to be able to serve pages quickly.
For the greatest speed and reliability, try to find a host that has multiple
high-speed connections, as well as reliable back-up power supplies in case
of power outages.
Remember, you are trying to build a business, so you'd better be prepared to
pay to keep the other business in business. Otherwise you may both soon be
out of business.
About the Author :
http://www.adventhosting.com to learn more. Ron King is a full-time
researcher, writer, and web developer at