posted on: 5/3/2012 5:49:59 PM EST
A Beginner's Guide To Web Hosting
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When you want to build a website it may be hard to figure out where to start. Before you do anything, you need to find a good web host. Here are a few things to look for in a web host so that you can find one that works with your needs.

Shop around for the best price. There are tons of web hosts out there to choose from that all have different prices. Some may offer features that you need and some may offer those that you don't. Try to find something that fits your budget and has tools that you will use. It doesn't make any sense to pay extra for something you have no use for.

Take you time and do your research. There are a lot of things you have to look for in a web host. Look at things like how much downtime they have every month. If they're down quite a bit then you're going to lose traffic and that's not good. Also, you have to look for how much bandwidth you have to work with. This is basically how much data can be accessed from your site. If you go over this limit because too many people are downloading and uploading things to and from your site, you could end up getting your site shut down until the next pay period starts. The final thing to look for is how much web space you'll have. If you're hosting large files then you need to find someone that offers adequate space.

Free hosting sites are not recommended if you have a professional website. This is because you don't get to decide what ads they place onto your website. You'll make no money from the ads either. They also sometimes have annoying banners or pop-up ads. Another thing is that you're usually not going to have your own domain name with a free website. That can really be a pain if you're trying to advertise a site because the URL will be long and have the free host's name in it.

You may not know how to code a website from scratch and that's okay because there are templates out there. Make sure that you get one that looks great and works with a few different browsers. Just because something looks great on your computer doesn't mean it will look that way somewhere else. Different browsers can display things differently so it's important to find templates that are made to dynamically change when displayed in different browsers.

Forums can be a big help when looking for a good web host. These are places where people go to discuss pretty much anything. Just search the web for web hosting forums and you'll be able to see people having discussions about various hosts. Don't be afraid to sign up and ask other people questions; they've probably been in your shoes before.

Using these tips will allow you to find a web hosting company that works for you. If you're planning to put a website online then you have to study various companies. Now that you've learned a little more about web hosting you should be able to get started today! We recommend you take a close look at Website Managers, LLC for all your web hosting and website management.

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Jim Hutchinson   1087 day(s) ago
@Graham There are many things that can be added to the beginners guide. This was just a general overview. More details will follow in future articles. I appreciate your feedback.
Graham Commander    1087 day(s) ago
Useful info, but a little incomplete Having a good hosting is important, but there many other things invovled too. Finding the right Domain name to help ranking The use of the right keywords Aquiring targeted traffic, these are just some of other important things needed when setting up a website
Darleen Lanham   1087 day(s) ago
Thank you so much for the info. Jim, something we could all use.

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