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Choosing a Web Host

The final thing you really should consider when beginning a project is how people will be able to access the site when it’s done. Deciding on the best web host is never an easy thing. The following system is a solid foundation to help determine which host best fulfils your needs and budget:

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Determine the site’s requirements. (Is the site going to be built using a server-side language? Do you need database services? How many email addresses will the client require? How much space and bandwidth do you think the site will require? Will the site require immediate e-commerce or not, or possibly in the future?)

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Find several web hosts that meet these requirements.

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Weed out the companies that don’t give extensive information in their plan details. Depending on the number of hosts at this point, you also might throw away those that just don’t “feel right.”

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Visit various newsgroups and online forums. Ask people about any negative or positive experiences with the hosts in your list. Bad experiences help you know which hosts to eliminate. By the same token, asking (and receiving) positive responses might help you rank those that remain.

5.
After narrowing the list to a few companies, try to determine which might best accommodate future needs.


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