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How To Get Cheap And Reliable Web Hosting And Domains

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I’ve been an Internet programmer for about 10 years now and in that time I’ve tried several web hosting companies for my ecommerce sites. Unfortunately most web hosting provider were a big disappointment, some were quite good for some months but after a while the service or uptimes became horrible. So far I’ve been with about 10 different hosts. Here are a few rules you should follow before forking out your cash.

  1. Check some forums like Webhostingtalk and see what people say about a particular company. There are lots of experts who know what they are talking about. There is also a forum where you can basically post your needs and many companies will compete with great deals.
  2. Go for a company which is not too big but also not too small. If its a one-man show you never know what this guy is doing with your files if nobody looks over his shoulder. Also what happen to your websites if he suddenly drops dead because of a heart attack or he’s involved in a car crash? On the other hand if the company is too big then there’s a good chance that its very impersonal and nobody really cares about you. Smaller companies tend to be more flexible and are more likely to suit your needs.
  3. If you are already with a web host don’t move all your sites immediately. First test the waters for a couple of weeks or at least days. Use internet tools to check the uptimes.
  4. Make a list of your needs beforehand. For instance if you need shell access (SSH) there’s no point if you test the host and like it but later you need shell access and they don’t have it. For those who do not need shell access it might be better to go for one which does not offer it because that will mean more security for you.
  5. If you go for a new host check if they offer a 30 day money back guarantee like most do. However often there is a catch like its a pro-rated refund, that means you can’t be refunded for the period you used their service. This is of course in the small print, so make sure its a full money back guarantee. Also if you do not live in the US and you buy webspace from a US company you might lose money when they refund due to the currency conversion. So it might be better to pay only for one month and not pay for one whole year even if thats cheaper in the long run.
  6. If you what to find a long term host go for one which has been in business for a couple of years. Web host tend to disappear very quickly due to the cutthroat nature of this business. Check the PageRank of their website (it should be at least 3 or 4) and go to the Wayback Machine at Archive.org to see how long the site exists.
  7. During the trial period ask some questions even if you just want to test them. That way you can find out how competent they are and how fast they answer.
  8. Find a host which is based in the center of where most your customers are based. Also be aware that US host are often the cheapest, so based on that the best location is often the East Coast in America since its close to US and European customers. The NAC center in Parsippany (New Jersey) in the North East of the USA is quite good and many webhosting companies buy webspace at wholesale prices from them.
  9. If you not only want cheap webspace but a webhosting provider with a “community feel” check out if they have a busy forum and other community features like a most wanted list of new features, etc.
  10. If it’s a smallish company it can never harm to ask for a special deal or a discount. Some even offer a free domain with the packages. However I prefer to separate webspace and domains to be more independent. I recommend Namecheap, Dotster and Godaddy to buy Domains. Don’t pay more than 15 US Dollar per year or you are wasting money.

Great Tips on How To Pick Affordable Web Hosting

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If you are looking for tips on how to pick affordable web hosting then you really cannot miss this article because in this article you will discover some great tips on picking the right low cost hosting provider. You should know that picking the correct hosting company is very important because the life of your websites depends on it.

No matter how good or informative your website is if the hosting provider is getting off line frequently no one will like to visit your site. Nowadays a good server up-time is not the only thing that is important, the hosting fee also have to be affordable and below you will get some tips to pick high quality affordable web hosting provider:

  1. The hosting company should have 99.99% up-time. As I stated earlier server up-time is very important because if the server up-time is bad your site will get offline frequently and obviously you don’t want to pay for this kind of service even if the fee is cheap. The best way to find out the correct up-time for a hosting provider is by checking the hosting review sites that you can find online. Some of these review sites have up-time meter to check a host up-time status.
  2. Make sure they allow unlimited domain names to be hosted in one account. Some affordable web hosting provider only allow limited amount of domain hosted in one account and this is not good because you probably are planning to build more sites and host more domain that may exceed the maximum domain allowed. So check if the hosting provider allows unlimited domain names before you purchase.
  3. Make sure they have the script that you needed to run your website. This is very important because some site requires some web programming to run such as PHP and ASP.NET so make sure to check that the hosting provider has this installed in their server. To know this you can ask the provider directly or look at their feature page. If your website requires database check also for database application such as MYSQL and Microsoft SQL according to your sites database requirements.
  4. Look at how long the web host is already in this business. Checking the web host age is a good practice because the age of the host shows how long they have in this business and that means they have a lot of experience and the age also shows how strong the web host company is because they can survive all this years with so many competition in the hosting market. So when looking for affordable web hosting make sure to check the hosting company age too.

Domain Web Hosting Simple Tips To Help You

If you are a little confused about some of the terminology you are hearing online such as a domain name and domain web hosting, maybe I can help clarify things a little for you.

A domain name is like an address for your website (similar to the address for a house). It tells people where to go to find your website. The web hosting is more like the land that the house sits on, it’s the ‘physical’ part, the part where the actual data that makes up your website is stored.

There are several types of web hosting plans you can get and many different companies you can buy a web hosting plan from. Most of them are very inexpensive.

For example, you can get unlimited domain name hosting for as little as $10 a month. You may even be able to find other places that are even cheaper and you can also get discounts if you buy long term hosting.

For most people a shared hosting account will handle their needs. This is when thousands of people share one server, each person gets a little bit for their websites.

Think of it like this: there is a big storage facility where you can rent one unit to store all your stuff in. Some of the bigger facilities have hundreds of units but you are only using one small portion, your unit. It’s a similar concept with a shared hosting plan.

You can also get a dedicated hosting plan, this is a better option for bigger sites that get a lot of traffic. A dedicated host means just that, you are the only one using a server, it’s dedicated to you and your sites. This is only needed if you have a huge website that gets a lot of traffic. This option is a lot more expensive than shared hosting, usually costing hundreds of dollars a month.

A hybrid of both dedicated and shared hosting is the VPS hosting. This is a virtual dedicated server where more than one person uses the server. Confusing I know, but think of it as a more expensive (with more options) version of shared hosting and a cheaper (but still with more options than a shared plan) version of dedicated hosting.

The last form of web hosting is the reseller hosting plan. This is simply a plan where you can sign up for a reseller account and get a dedicated server but instead of using the server all by yourself you can resell space on the servers and you will be the one who gets paid.