|There are several methods of hosting (publishing)
your web site.
- Publishing with a commercial Web Hosting Provider
- Publishing with one of the free services such as Yahoo, Geocities
or Tripod. This method provides little security and low level
support, however you may wish to live with this and access the
free domain name and publishing service. Advertising banners and/or
pop-up windows will be attached to your site, these are generally
- Publishing on the host space provided by your
ISP, this method provides little support and low level publishing
The hosting process is where you store your web-site pages so
that your clients can access your web-site using your new domain
name that has been delegated to this host.
Web hosting companies take the collection of web
pages that make up your web-site and store them on computers called
web servers. Internet users can then connect to the web pages
through these servers.
Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide
free web hosting in return for placing advertising on your site,
but when you're building a site for your business you'll need
a professional (paid) service. One of the drawbacks of free hosting
is that you can't use your own domain name and there are not many
features available. Other hosting options are the use of server
space allocated as part of your ISP registered account, this space
is generally around 5 to 10 Meg. This option also has drawbacks
in the area of support and services.
Your web-site may need e-commerce capabilities
if you have goods or services to sell. You may also have scripting
or database requirements if your site needs to store and sort
information. Free or ISP host services rarely provide this level
of sophistication and their servers do not have the space to accommodate
Finding a hosting provider is a lot like
finding business premises. You need to find the right combination
of services and facilities for your business, at the right price.
It is important to follow the advice of your web designer, they
have the experience and the technical knowledge required to match
a host with the requirements of your web-site.