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How to choose a web host for your website?

Author: Allen Rock
by Allen Rock
Posted: Aug 18, 2019
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You'll be stressed when you start looking for a web host that offers reliable and cheap hosting for your brand-new website. Of course if you don't understand what they are providing, then you can be confused about which hosting plan is the best.

You can hear terms like 25 GB of disk space, bandwidth, FTP, email forwarding, php, cgi-bin and fantastico. Most of these are things that are available within different plans that you can get. Before you choose a host, let’s take a look at what you may need.

  • Web Storage Space

Virtually all web hosting firms will have their particular plans grouped by the various things they provide. Obviously, the more they offer, the greater the price will be. The recommended starting plan is generally about 10GB of disk space. This is how much storage the web host will allow you to upload onto their web server. This is also known as shared hosting where you will share a server with multiple people.. You can also see other websites hosted on the same server by looking up websites that are hosted on the same IP address as you.

  • Your Site Bandwidth

Bandwidth is how much data transfer that you are allowed to utilization in a certain time frame, commonly month-to-month. Bandwidth is utilized every time you transfer data between your sites and other users. Shared Hosting plans often offer unmetered bandwidth so most likely you don't need to worry about that but make sure that you have enough bandwidth for your website.

  • File Transfer Protocol

FTP is used to upload files onto your server. It will allow you to upload your web pages, images and set up scripts in a fairly easy manner. All you need to do is place the files in the proper place in the right folder using software like FileZilla.

  • Email And Email Forwarding

Email forwarding can be quite beneficial. You could have any kind of email that may be delivered to your server forwarded to a different email account you have. This way regardless of how many websites and emails you have, you can forward them all to one email account.

  • PHP and MySql database

PHP is a web programming language and powers 90% of all websites. On your web server, you will have PHP installed and you will be able to run your PHP scripts. PHP script commonly use databases to store information, for example, username, passwords and blog posts. Wordpress is a popular blogging software built using PHP.

  • Cgi-bin
  • Cgi-bin is one method to host different scripts. If you would like to use cgi scripts you must be sure that you have a cgi-bin as part of your hosting package.
  • Fantastico

Fantastico is actually a collection of scripts that can be installed straight from your control panel. This allows you to easily install scripts with just a few clicks. While this is not an essential feature for your web hosting plan, it can be a very useful one.

When searching online for web host companies, please remember to compare and choose the most reliable hosting by looking at reviews. If you are simply seeking to create a simple website you will probably not require all the extra features and normally no more than 10 GB of disk space and around 500GB of bandwidth.

You may even want to try some free web host until you know how everything works. Free web hosts can provide you with a free subdomain such as yoursite.theirdomainname.com. Using a sub domain is not good for search engine rankings so it is not recommended but it can be useful if you don't want to spend money and just want to test things out.

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Author: Allen Rock

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