Where your website is hosted
is one of the most important decisions you will make.
Do not skimp on free hosting, to be a successful internet
business a free host will not do.
Bite the bullet and get some professional webspace.
It will stand you in good stead for the future expansion
of your site.
There are literally thousands of hosts
out there, so how do you choose?
Firstly draw up a list of what technical spec you need.
Make sure your hosting can expand with you. Check that it is easy to upgrade if
you wish. We thoroughly recommend Unix/Linux servers. Stay away from NT servers,
there have been a number of virus outbreaks in recent years attributed to the
security vulnerability of IIS/NT. *nix servers are generally well known for their
robust and secure operating systems and are used by the majority of the professional
web design/development industry.
What you should be looking for is reliability, network speed
(throughput) and flexibility. Of course all hosting companies will claim they
are all of these, so it's worth getting some independent advice before going ahead.
How much Webspace?
Although most hosting companies will offer perhaps 500Mb
of webspace, don't be swayed by it. To be honest it's very unlikely you will need
more than 50Mb unless you have a lot of music or video files. An average small
- medium size company website should generally use less than 5Mb. However you
want to be sure your webspace is scalable. Be certain your host can up the amount
of disk space available to you if needs be.
The most important feature you
will be certain to need is CGI. This allows you to run
scripts in your webspace that can handle things like
email forms and shopping cart software.
If you plan to use a database
on your Website to capture data or feed data like names
and addresses to Webpages, you should have PHP and MySQL
You will only need Frontpage extensions if you are using
Frontpage software to design and upload your Website.
Who do you recommend?
OK. We're not resellers so we suggest you seek out independent
advice for this. You ought to choose a host that is located in the country you
live or at least near enough to bug on the phone if you get problems.