It’s true that there are plenty of different ways to get a new website up and running without having to spend a penny. There are many services that allow you to create free websites, and you can sign-up for a free WordPress or Blogger website in just a few minutes. Unfortunately, while these free websites are good for some purposes, in many cases they will be too limited or restrictive. You won’t be able to customize them exactly as you want, and it may be difficult (if not impossible) to conduct business or ecommerce through those websites.
In order to be able to create exactly the type of website you want, you’ll need to get yourself a web hosting account. There are a plethora of web hosts willing to sell you hosting space on their servers, so it’s important to identify the ways that you can distinguish between the various options.
One of the ways to distinguish between web hosting services is price. Many web hosts offer accounts that start at just a few dollars a month, but often these accounts only allow you to create a single website, with caps on your total monthly bandwidth. Such accounts can be a great solution if the limitations fit your needs, but if you’re looking to operate multiple websites with a single account, then the price will likely increase. If you require certain features for your website (perhaps a static IP address or SSL certificate), then make sure you understand all the extra charges
If you have a strong preference for a particular hosting environment – perhaps Apache over Microsoft-based servers – then only look at the hosting services that offer what you want. If you’ve used a web host before, you might also want to verify that the user interface (whether it’s cPanel, a custom interface, or something else entirely different) is something you’re comfortable with.
Many large webhosts maintain Twitter accounts and/or blogs that describe any service issues or downtime they’ve had. Nearly every web host is going to experience at least a small amount of downtime at some point (particularly among the lowest cost providers), and it can be virtually impossible (or at least prohibitively expensive) to guarantee that the servers hosting your website are up and running absolutely 100% of the time. That said, you need to be comfortable with the reliability of the provider you choose.
Many web hosts offer easy or “one click” installation scripts for getting popular software packages (such as WordPress, Joomla, phpBB and Zen Cart) up and running with a minimum of effort. If you have a particular type of website in mind, then it’s probably worth verifying that the web host you are considering offers an easy install option.
Finally, seek out reviews and ratings of any web host you are considering. Just make sure that you’re looking at objective reviews from actual customers. Some websites purporting to provide ratings for web hosts are simply a method of generating affiliate revenue by directing visitors to the sign-up pages of the various web hosts.
Don’t be afraid to take a flyer on a “trial offer” before you fully commit. Many web hosts offer you a free account for a week or two in order to let you get comfortable with their services before committing to a hosting contract.
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