Personal Web Hosting 101

Personal Web Hosting 101



Personal web hosting like any other type of​ web hosting covers a​ certain amount of​ ground rules. the​ only difference between a​ business web hosting and​ a​ personal web hosting may be the​ payment arrangements like secure server for​ credit cards payment. Other than that, the​ checklist remains the​ same as​ for​ the​ business web hosting.

The checklist given below will guide you in​ choosing the​ right host:

1. How much time does it​ take for​ the​ domain to​ be put on the​ net? it​ should be less than 36 hours.

2. Can I host other sites through my domain? it​ should be possible for​ you to​ use alias domains, provided they lead to​ the​ main page of​ your domain.

3. Am I the​ owner of​ the​ domain name hosted? the​ answer should be YES, without any other conditions.

4. Will it​ be possible for​ me to​ update the​ information of​ my website/ domain? All rights to​ your domain, i.e. billing, technical, administrative, etc, should be given to​ you. and​ YES, the​ web host should be able to​ update your website’s information at​ your request.

5. Can I modify my web? the​ answer should be basically YES, though some websites will ask you to​ route the​ changes through them. This might be inconvenient for​ those who can do it​ themselves and​ have a​ lot of​ updating to​ do.

6. What is​ the​ protocol for​ the​ setting of​ html directory permissions? Most web hosts will allow you the​ use of​ the​ Control Panel to​ set permissions and​ modify your web design.

7. Do I get web mail usage through my domain? Most web hosts will have squirrel mail accounts in​ their packages. With this facility also comes the​ forwarding of​ the​ email and​ auto-responders.

8. Can I access my cgi and​ perl scripts? the​ answer should be YES.

9. Do you have prompt and​ efficient technical support/ service support? the​ answer should be YES, round-the-clock 24/7.

10. Do you use advanced search engine optimization tools above metatags? the​ answer should be again YES. Today servers use sophisticated SEO tools. However, you should definitely have your ‘keyword’ and​ ‘description’ metatags attached to​ your main content page for​ easy access over the​ web.

Other factors include payment and​ billing details, traffic space so called bandwidth, and​ disk or​ storage space. You should be expecting an​ annual billing in​ addition to​ a​ monthly billing. Web hosting companies do offer an​ annual billing for​ a​ discount rate, and​ some saying you should be careful to​ avoid one-year period packages as​ this will block your shifting in​ case you are unhappy with the​ web host. This is​ not always true because, in​ today’s competition between web hosting companies, many reliable companies do offer 30-90 days money-back guarantee in​ case you are not satisfied.

As regards the​ traffic space or​ bandwidth the​ minimum you would need would be somewhere around 25 GB/month, while for​ storing a​ simple personal website, the​ storage requirements should be minimum of​ 500 MB disk space. I would consider 1 GB or​ more of​ disk space to​ avoid extra fees in​ case your needed space gets bigger in​ the​ future. But it​ all depends on what kind and​ how big of​ files you put up on your web site. Hence, do not go after web hosts who offer you 15 GB or​ more of​ disk space for​ extra fees because you would never need so much space. Even with complicated business websites, you would not use more than 10 GB.

The best is​ to​ research the​ feedback of​ the​ web host before you decide which one to​ choose, and​ the​ above questions will definitely guide towards a​ wise decision.




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