The differences between ‘free’ hosts and ‘budget’ hosts, and helps the persons to identify some important criteria in choosing a hosting provider for their personal web site.So how can we choose a proper host for our personal site?
A personal web site could consist of a site for our family, a hobby, an online resume, but not for commercial purposes.Usually personal web hosting ranges anywhere from free to some charges per month. We might be asking ourself why we would consider paying something per month versus free.
We can’t go wrong with free, can we? that depends whether free is truely free. Most hosting companies or services that offer free hosting will plaster ads on our own personal web site, some of which can be quite aggravating .
Free hosting generally entails many very restrictive policies on how much we can upload to our site . Free hosting also almost always comes with very low bandwidth allocations which if we have a large family that likes to visit our web site, or a lot of recruiters visiting our online resume, our site may be shut down if it folllows bandwidth restrictions.
As with most things in life, hosting is no different, we get what we pay for. That is why it is my recommendation to find a cheap/budget hosting company that will allow us for the freedom of running our own web site without nasty little ads everywhere, or tons of restrictions which hinder us from building the kind of site we want.
Our best bet when searching for this kind of hosting is to check out our Budget/Cheap category: Reseller Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Shared Hosting plans – CPWebHosting and sift through the many services that are listed there.
Some of the particulars we will want to note are as follows: 1. What are the bandwidth restrictions on traffic going to our site 2. What are the FTP restrictions 3. Can we pay month to month or do we need to enter into a contract 4. How long have they been in business 5. How does technical support work.
The hosting company we are considering offers a money back guarantee or at a minimum does not force we into a contract, if we are unhappy with their services we can always find another host.
Moving our site is pretty easy, simply download everything to our computer and upload it to our new hosting company.This is the best strategy.