(Finding somewhere to host your website.)
There are lots and lots of hosting companyís
but how to choose one that is right for you. Things to
1. Do I already
Many broadband suppliers give their customers
some free web space. NTL give its customers 55mb of web space. If
you are with a company that has given you some space I would advise
you use this to experiment with building your site. Its freeÖ
There are however limitations with this
hosting, such as you cant have a database or use your own domain
name without paying for it.
Where in the
world host your website Ė websites can be hosted in any
country. If you pick a host that is in a different country from you
visitors your visitors will experience a short delay in your site
displaying (only a second or two). You may also have problems in
contacting your host if you have any problems as daytime for you may
be night time for the host. For this reason I feel its best to pick a
host that is in your country.
2. What kind of
hosting do I need for my site.
My best advice when choosing website hosting would be
to get recommendations from people you know who run websites. You don't
necessarily get a better service the more you pay.
Things to consider.
How much file storage space do you need for
How much bandwidth will you be using. (If
you site is new this will probably not be a problem unless you
are allowing people to download large files from your site.)
Are you going to use a database. (if you
want a forum or have plans to have an information database, you
will need web hosting that includes a database. There are
different types of database but the most common is an sql
database. With some web hosts databases cost extra. You will
need a database for a php website
Number of email accounts (only an issue if
you need lots off accounts)
Number of sub domains
Number of databases (you will require
multiple databases if you are planning to have for example a php
website and a separate forum module)
Things to ignore:
Server Uptime (every website hosting company will
state they have great uptime)
Free Software (unless its actually something you
3. Can I Get Free Hosting
Problems with free hosting.
You donít get to use your own domain name. Usually the name of
your host will appear in the address bar. You may have to option to pay for
this to be removed but then its not free is it.
Partly due to the above search engines will not rate your site
very well. This makes it hard if not impossible to get onto search engines
and even harder to get towards the top for your key searches. Also you have
little control over your address which means you may spend lots of time
getting people to link to you to find the company has changed your address
slightly or have stopped trading. If you owned to domain you could take it
somewhere else and your back links will still be valid.
You often canít use more advanced features like databases
which also means you canít have a forum, a chat room. php website, or a
database reliant shopping basket to name a few.
Support is often poor or non existent.
They may use popup software to advertise through your site to
pay for the hosting. This is very annoying for your visitors. They may also
display an advert at the top of your site which you have no control over.
Limited disk and transfer rates. You may be able to raise this
but at an additional cost to you. In the case of ntl in the uk you free
hosting space is 55mb. You can pay extra for more space but the prices are
not very competitive.
Additional related problems:
It will be difficult to get back links to your site.
Webmasters are unlikely to link to a free site which is covered in ads and
has little if any unique content or traffic. The link you give to them will
have little if any value to them because Search Engines rank them so poorly.
The effectiveness of any ads you put on the site may be
reduced by the number of adds placed on your pages by your host.
but what do you expect its free