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Things To Know Before Choosing Your Web Hosting
Most free web hosting impose advertising on your website. This is done to cover the costs of providing your site the free web space and associated services. Some hosts require you to place a banner on your pages, others display a window that pops up everytime a page on your site loads, while others impose an advertising frame on your site. There is really no hard and fast rule which is to be preferred: some people hate a pop-up window, other website owners dislike having to stuff banner codes onto their pages, and many people cannot stand an advertising frame (which may cause problems when you submit your website to search engines). Whichever method is used, check that you’re comfortable with the method.
File Type and Size Limitations
Watch out for these. Some free hosts impose a maximum size on each of the files you upload (including one with a low of 200KB). Other sites restrict the file types you can upload to HTML and GIF/JPG files. If your needs are different, eg, if you want to distribute your own programs on your pages, you will have to look elsewhere.
Amount of Web Storage Space
Does your web hosting have enough space for your needs? If you envisage that you will expand your site eventually, you might want to move to a large web hosting server to cater for future expansion. Most sites use less than 2GB of web space. However, your needs will vary, depending on how many pictures your pages use, whether you need sound files, video clips, etc.
Reliability and Speed Of Access
This is extremely important point to consider. A site that is frequently down will lose a lot of visitors. If someone finds your site on the search engine, and he tries to access it but find that it is down, he will move on to another site. Slow access to your website can be very frustrating for your visitors (and for you too, when you upload contents to your site). So how do you know if a host is reliable or fast? You can always check out for review of the vendor online. If you are unable to get any review, you may have to try out the web hosting over a period of time to find out, you must take into consideration the loading speed both during peak as well as non-peak hours.
It is not usual for a hosting company to impose a limit on the amount of traffic your website can use per day and per month. This means that if the pages (and graphic images) on your site is loaded by visitors beyond a certain number of times per day (or per month), the web host will disable your web site (or perhaps send you a bill). It is difficult to recommend a specific minimum amount of bandwidth, since it depends on how you design your site, your target audience, and the number of visitors you’re able to attract to your site. In general, 100MB traffic per month is too little for anything other than your personal home page and 1-3GB traffic per month is usually adequate for a simple site just starting out. Your mileage, however, will vary.