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How to Choose a Website Hosting Company

Nowadays, anybody can afford to order a feature-packed web hosting plan for next to nothing; however, affordable price is not the only criterion which should be considered when purchasing web hosting services.

In this article, I'll explain the basics of what you should look for in choosing a web hosting company, not just concentrating on the best price and features, but also on reliability and honesty. You're investing your money and effort into finding paying customers and you wouldn't like to lose them in order to save a few dollars per month on a web hosting service.

When looking for a web hosting company, it doesn’t matter if this is just for the inception of a web or the move of an established site; you need to consider a large selection of criteria to determine which company to go with.

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Dedicated vs. Shared Website Hosting

Dedicated vs. Shared Hosting

Most companies offer that low price deal but what are you really getting for that low price? On a shared hosting plan you are sharing the server resources with other customers. If you use 10% of the CPU for example and there are 150 other customers, they would only get to share 90% of the CPU. This means that when your site has a lot of movie files being accessed at one time it will cause problems for other sites on the same server. That is when a web hosting company may ask you to move to a dedicated server plan. There are a lot of factors involved that could determine your need for a dedicated server.

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Website Hosting Costs

The main idea is that a web site provider may help you a lot in your internet business but you should be aware of what you need and never pay more than that. The average price to pay for a one domain website, multiple email boxes, and a good amount of disk space and bandwidth would be about $20 a month for linux hosting and about $25 for Windows hosting.

When doing E-commerce you have to add in credit card processing and fees the SSL certificate, and then your hosting fees. For a small business start up you can get the SSL for around an additional $10 to $150 dollars a month depending on the type of SSL you want to purchase for your site...

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Beginners Guide to Shared Website Hosting

Shared web hosting is virtual hosted server located on a machine (computer) with other shared hosted sites. For those who are new to having their own web site shared hosting is recommended. Why do I recommend shared hosting? That’s simple, the hosting company takes care of everything server wise which leaves you more time to design, promote, and manage your web page. My first hosting experience I spent more time messing with my server than I did working on my own web page. What a waste of time and money!

Shared hosting is very cheap for the service most companies provide. You should be able to find a decent shared host for less than 10 dollars a month...

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Advantages of a Dedicated Server

Many websites are hosted on a shared web hosting server. The main reason is the cost. A shared web hosting server costs a great deal less than a dedicated server. The number of sites on a shared web hosting server can be anywhere from 1500 to 2000 sites. The number of sites on the shared web hosting server will vary due to availability of disk space, allowed bandwidth per site and overall speed. Although shared web hosting is reliable and has minimal problems, there are advantages to host your site(s) on a dedicated server.

A dedicated server for your web hosting allows you to have a server solely dedicated to your site(s). In addition, a dedicated server will allow you complete authority to control and administer your server. When and if you decide on a dedicated server for your web hosting, you should have a fair understanding of dedicated servers. Although most dedicated server web hosting providers will provide technical support, you will find it a lot easier if you have the technical expertise to manage the server yourself...

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Problems with Free Website Hosting

In my opinion, free web hosting is one of the most misunderstood concepts on the web today. Free web hosting plans are becoming increasingly popular as new webmasters bite into the idea without actually analyzing the consequences. I myself spent many years, at the start of my webmaster career, using free web hosting plans. This experience has giving me an insight into the down-side of free web hosting plans that many people seem to miss.

Would Coke promote Pepsi on their website?
Although the rhetorical question above seems ludicrous, this concept is one of the fundamental problems with free web hosting plans. Forced advertising is the way that hosting companies can afford to provide “free” hosting. Whether it be through pop-ups, pop-unders, headline ads, or implanted adsense you will be hosting advertisements on your website that generate revenue for your hosting company whether you like it or not...

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