Hosting Plan Features You Should Be Seeking

Web hosts can offer you a range of hosting plan features in order to attract customers to them. These features comprise disk space, e-mail boxes, auto responders, FTP access, free bandwidth, templates etc. The choice is up to you to decide which hosting plan suits you best.

The first requirement you should pay attention to is space. You will need to decide web space by basing yourself on the volume of content you plan to host and also the nature of the content that is to be hosted. For example, you will require more space if you plan to host images, audio files or graphics.

The next major requirement is bandwidth. It is important for you to purchase sufficient bandwidth in order to cater for your traffic. When the internet just started, bandwidth was a major resource constraint. Today, with excess bandwidth available most web hosts will offer you as much as 1,000 GB of data transfer free.

Some web hosts can provide you with web analytics as well. This is a very practical service to buy because it will give you insight into the way your site is being employed. You will learn the places from where the traffic is coming from, the pages that are being read, the amount of time a visitor will spend on your sites, the search engines that are sending the traffic and so on.

You must also bear in mind that the log files that are used to perform the traffic analysis take up some valuable space. With daily logs, you will be able to download and delete them, every day. Nevertheless, if you have monthly logs, you will not be able to delete them till the end of the month. Sometimes, the web host will include this space in your server space. Make sure you clarify this point or else you might end up losing several megabytes of space over a period of time in order to log files.

You will also need to test if your server space comprises space for e-mail boxes. If it does, you will have to set a maximum limit for each mail box. This will save you from exceeding your limited storage.

If you are setting up a business site then you must request auto responders. This little software is very practical for sending automatic return mail to the visitors who show some interest in your site. In the same way, forwarding aliases can be also useful if you want to send your e-mail to a filter program, before it gets to you.

Further, make sure that your hosting plan includes FTP access. This is crucial because you cannot host content without FTP (file transfer protocol) access. Most web hosts won’t charge you for access to FTP.

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11 Tips For Finding The Best Shared Host

One of the key requirements you will need when setting up a website is to find a shared host. This is especially decisive for small websites which don’t have the sufficient funds in order to go for dedicated hosting. In this case, these websites will need to find a hosting company that can guarantee up to 100 per cent of server uptime, which is scalable and whose charges are realistic.

Below are a few of the questions that you will need to ask yourself while searching for a shared web host:

1. Are the server and server technologies being used by the web host able to support the number of expected users?

2. What is the technical dexterity and experience level of the system managers?

3. Can your host route the Internet traffic on another line if one line is down?

4. How good is the network connectivity? You need at least a T3 connection, with sufficient bandwidth which is dedicated to all your needs.

This isn’t all. You will also need to:

1. Only buy those services that are needed by your website. Do not pay for services that are comprised in the hosting package but which are of no use to you.

2. Try to choose a host who can provide you with some technical support through a toll-free line 24 hours a day.

3. Always check for references and communicate with other webmasters whose sites run on the same server. Try to browse their websites at peak, as well as off-peak times, in order to check the response time on your server.

4. Try to check what happens in case your server fails you. Will the web host be able to recover your lost data? Or will you end up losing all your valuable business data?

5. Try to find out if the host possesses the servers and the hosting facilities or is only a reseller.

6. Will your web host offer you any reimbursement if there are breaks in service, especially if these interruptions will cost you some valuable business?

7. Try to check what kind of information is hosted on your server. Try to avoid web hosts that will allow adult sites to be hosted on their servers as these can affect your site’s performance.

These are quite difficult questions. Most web hosts might not answer these questions directly as they might try to confuse you with web jargon. A good policy for you would be to take an Internet professional with you whilst you conduct your research.

You can also go by a trusted friend’s advice who has been previously satisfied with his web host. This will eventually save you the bother of visiting hosting companies and comparing services which could be offered to you by them.

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