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Web hosting is the term applied when someone provides storage space for internet information. This information is usually stored on web pages. A directory (or folder) of web pages is usually called a web site. 

If a you wanted to continuously connect your computer to the internet, then you could host your own site. Most people though, prefer to have an internet service provider host their site. Most ISP's have large computer with much, much, much more storage space than the usual home computer. Also most ISP's usually provide a direct internet connection using fiber-optic modems or special hard wire modems that communicate much faster than the common modems in most home computers.

An often overlooked ISP is your internet dial up account. Many dial up account providers such as AOL, Prodigy, Comcast, etc., provide their members with a couple to several megabytes of personal web space. What you can publish in these sites is limited to the agreements that each provides with their services. If you are new to web publishing this is often the best place to publish your first site since these companies usually provide you with a lot of information on how to get that first page published. Check out their members information (services) area for more details.

Things to check for when choosing an ISP:

  • How much does it cost?

  • How much storage space do you get?

  • How many mail boxes do you get? Are any of them auto responders? Are any auto directs to other mail boxes?

  • How fast are the connections to the internet?

  • If the site is "Free", is any advertising inserted into your web pages? Are there any "pop-up" ads required?

  • How is payment made to the ISP? Are there any discounts available? discount for paying several months in advance? a year in advance?

  • Is there any backup protection? What happens if the server fails? How long before it will be restarted? How often are your files backed up? Are they backed up?

See my related links page for some of the internet service providers that I've used in the past.

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Last modified: July 19, 2009