Web Hosting

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Web Hosting Packages

It can be a daunting thought to choose a web host.

Generally speaking, it is probably best to do a little homework first. Recommendations from friends, work colleagues or some other trusted source can be an invaluable asset.

Another option is to look through some of the Internet & Computing magazines available (most have their own websites) in order to get a 'feel' for the kind of web host you are looking for. Explore the internet.

Common Web Hosting Packages

Generally, the most common hosting packages available are what is called 'shared hosting'. This is where multiple domains are held on the same server and as a result, the hosting company is able to offer reasonably priced packages.

The added benefit of this type of hosting is that the company will maintain the server and server security so all you have to worry about is what appears on your website!

Another type of hosting package, much less common than shared hosting is what is known as 'dedicated server hosting'. Unless you have a huge amount of internet traffic, have set yourself up as a reseller, or have special security requirements, dedicated server hosting is something you will probably never need.

What to look for in a web hosting package?

Things to look for in a hosting package are the types of service you will be offered, what support is available should you get into difficulties and of course, cost.

Email

At the very least, your hosting package should include at least one email account. Often, though not always, a hosting package will give you several accounts; for example, account1@yourdomain.com, account2@yourdomain.com, etc.

FTP access

FTP (file transfer protocol) access is how you publish your website to your domain. There are many different ftp programs available, several of which are completely free.

HTTP access

If you choose a web publishing program such as Microsoft's FrontPage, you will publish your website using Http access rather than FTP. FrontPage is excellent web authoring software for the beginner to get to grips with.

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