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Edit Existing Services
What We Do
Deciding On The WWW
Steps To A Site
Home Based Business
Learn About The Hosting Provider
A hosting provider sells space on
their computer's hard disk for your web site.
They are not the same as an
Internet Service Provider (ISP). In fact, you may
not want a hosting provider to also be an ISP. If
they have not purchased enough bandwidth and
modems then the resources might be used by people
to dial out to the Internet, with few resources
available for people to dial in to your site.
For most companies, whether or
not to host a site in-house or with an outside
hosting provider is an easy decision. A hosting
provider costs very little compared to
thousands of dollars for equipment, phone lines,
and personnel to host your site in-house.
However, there are reasons to host the site on
a computer in-house. The web site:
- Takes a lot of bandwidth. Streaming audio
or video uses a lot of resources and is
- Is very large. Host in-house on a
computer dedicated to meet your needs.
Otherwise, your customer will see a slow
- Is tied in to an in-house database and is
- Has many people working on it, and is
constantly being updated. You need the
control of having it in-house.
Starting at $40 per month we think we have the
best hosting solution for our business customers -fast, reliable, and low-cost with the features a
business will need.
But you decide for yourself. These are
questions you will want to ask:
- Do I have my own domain name?
- Do I receive CGI examples to do such
things as process forms?
- What is the cost per month?
- Do I have to pay extra for every visitor?
- Do I have sufficient space, how much
extra do I have to pay per Meg of hard
- Does the provider have a fast connection?
- Do they have a local call for technical
- Is support 24 hours a day 365 days a
- How long do I have to wait to get my
- Do I get access reports for free?
- Will they stay in business?
- At what point will they add extra
- Do they support mailing lists?
- Can I move the site up to the server by
myself, or do they have to do it?
- Do they provide extra software - like
Shockwave, Java support, Front Page, Real
- Can they interface to a database?
- Do they offer a secure transactions
server if I need one?
- Do they provide e-mail with automatic
responses to my customers?
- Do I have to pay extra for additional
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