How to Design a Website 101 - For Beginners
Choosing a Web Host, Web Host Feature Comparisons & Web Host Reviews
Budget Hosting - Web hosting prices start at about $2 to $20 per month, there are lots of them out there, all scrambling for your business and trying to keep costs down. Expect a variety of hosting features and pricing schedules. Also expect alot of fly by night web host companies. Read reviews, study the features, call them and ask questions. Is support available 24/7? Definitely look for a 30 day (or more) money back guarantee.
If reliability is an issue, contact their support by email and phone to gauge their responsiveness and professionalism and ask for an uptime guarantee/warrantee. Also ask web host if they have any independent 3rd party company who can substantiate the uptime guarantees they are making. Most budget hosting companies will only have reliability claims, no third party proof. Also ask if there is a webpage or discussion group that will shows the current status of their servers and expected schedule for software upgrades.
Recommended Budget Web Hosts with 24/7 Support- Here is a list of recent budget web host reviews, comparing features, prices, and technical support. I currently use 1and1, and also favor Lunarpages due to their great discussion community. This host comparison is for hosts running Linux, although many of these hosting companies offer packages on windows servers, as well as dedicated servers, I did not research those hosting packages.
Other Budget Web Hosting - REVIEWS COMING SOON - I have not personally reviewed the below companies yet, but they may be viable candidates.
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Choose a Web Host based on your budget and website requirements (disk space needed, bandwidth, reliability, programming features). There is no "Best Web Host", but there may be a "Best Web Host for you".
Most people don't need very much disk space or bandwidth unless you will be hosting video or an awful lot of music and photos. Each of my many websites have been 2-20 MB in size, and require less than 5 GB of bandwidth (per month). You should leave some room for growth.
Many free hosting companies are available, however the catch is that free hosts will litter your webpage with banner ads and/or popup ads. This will cause your site to be slower than without the ads, as well as not very professional looking, and in some cases downright annoying. For personal websites it may not be an issue. Free Web Hosts also don't offer as rich of features as paid hosting. If this is all you can afford, make sure it has the disk space and bandwidth you will need. It is also not a bad way to test out your webpage, the price is right !
Many professionals say that for hosting, you get what you pay for. I think that is true for the most part, as long as you use what you pay for.
This List last updated 11/2/2007. If you have further opinions, correction, or to vote on your favorite host please contact me and I will try and update accordingly.
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