In order to get your Web page on the Internet, you need a hosting service provider. They range from free services with few options up to expensive business hosting and even hosting you run yourself. Which option you choose depends upon how you plan to use your Web site, how much you want to spend, and how much time you want to spend maintaining the servers that make up the Web site.
ISP hosting is best for personal Web pages that don't get a lot of traffic. If you plan to run a business, you should only use your ISP hosting for testing and preparation of your site, rather than the site itself.
- Before You Choose an ISP
Free Web HostingIf you have an ISP that doesn't offer Web space, free Web hosting is good. There are many free hosting providers and a lot of them offer advanced services like CGI, shell access, PHP, SSI, and other advanced topics. Free hosting is usually supported by advertising.
Free hosting is best for personal Web pages and very small business Web pages. Because they are supported by advertising, they are not ideal for any serious business. If you plan to run a business on your site, free hosting is great for testing your site and preparing the pages, but not good for running the business unless you can turn off the advertising.
- Free Hosting Services
- Reviews of Free Web Hosting Providers
Standard Paid HostingWith paid hosting, you pay some money typically once a month for space and services on a Web hosting provider's site. Prices range from $1-2USD to several hundred per month. Generally, it depends upon what services you want. Services include CGI access, database support, ASP, ecommerce, SSL, extra space, extra bandwidth, and more.
Standard paid hosting is a great option for most Web-based businessses. Be sure to examine the options available from your server so that you get what you need. And don't focus solely on price - changing hosting providers can be difficult and expensive.
- Paid Hosting Services
- Windows versus Linux for Web Page Hosting
Domain HostingDomain hosting can be hard to understand. Instead of paying for the Web page space, you pay for your domain and then have your Web site hosted anywhere you like. With Domain hosting, you can use your ISP or free hosting service, and still reap the benefits of having a personalized Web site URL. Domain name hosting is sometimes referred to as URL redirection.
Domain name hosting is perfect for small businesses that don't have a lot of money to spend on Web hosting.
- Domain Hosting Services
- Domain Name Registries
ColocationColocation puts your Web server in the machine room of a larger company. You connect to their very high-speed Internet connection. Colocation comes in managed and unmanaged versions.
Colocation is a great option for small to medium sized businesses that want more control over their Web hosting. With managed colocation, it's almost like having an IT department, even if your company is still fairly small.
- What is Colocation and Why Would You Choose it for Web Hosting
- Managed vs. Unmanaged Colocation
- Server Colocation
Direct Internet AccessWith direct access, you host your site yourself. You need a Web server computer and software and a very high-speed Internet connection with a dedicated IP address.
Hosting your site yourself offers you the most control over your Web server. Companies that have large data centers or just want to control every aspect of their Web and Internet access should look into this type of hosting. Be sure to contact your ISP before setting up a direct connection on a DSL or consumer ISP connection.