& DOMAIN HOSTING
With the price of
plans offered by quality hosts falling down to very affordable
levels, only the simplest and less popular sites should consider
being hosted by Geocities, Tripod, or other free hosts.
Some major differences are the number of features offered by
paid hosts (like more disk space, access to multiple programming
languages, databases, SSL servers, anon FTP, regular backup,
guaranteed uptime, access to server configuration files like .htaccess
and to raw logs and statistics), the forced ads and pop-ups
required by free web space providers, better financial stability
of paid companies, and the availability of technical support.
In short, if you expect to spend more than couple hours making
your web site, go with a paid service.
Your next big
decision should be whether to choose an NT or Unix-based host.
Which operating system you decide to use should depend on what
features you need. For example, if you are already using
IIS, ASP, VBScript, Microsoft SQL Server, or Visual InterDev,
and you don't have the time to learn Unix-based solutions, you
should choose a Windows NT or Windows 2000-based host.
Linux- and FreeBSD-based operating systems and Apache Web
servers are most common among web hosting companies because of
their good track record of stability and performance and because
they are free. There is usually no need for the operating
system of your computer to match that of your web host. If
you use Windows XP on your home computer, there is no reason you
can't use a host that runs its servers on Linux.
Above excerpt from webhostingratings.com.
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