|So the time has come to finally get on the
World Wide Web with a
Web site of your own. Once the Web site and pages have
been created, however, the question of where to put it still remains. From
those looking to create a personal Web site to
those looking to give their business or company a presence on the
is a wide range of Web site hosting options available to you. The options
that are more expensive may not always be the best choice it all comes
down to your budget and the type of presence you are looking to have on the World Wide Web.
Using Your ISP for Web Space
When you subscribe to Internet connection services through an
Service Provider) you will usually be allotted a certain
amount of space to host Web pages with
your paid subscription. For those looking to publish a family-oriented or
topic-specific Web page, this is a good choice as you will not pay extra for the
hosting, provided you don't go over the space and
traffic limitations set by your ISP.
Unlike using free sites
to host a Web page there will be no third-party advertisements running on your
Web pages, unless of course, you choose to run advertisements on the pages
The amount of space you have using your ISP will
vary from one service provider to another. Generally, you can expect to have up
anywhere from 2MB up to 5MB of space available for your Web pages. As
value-added services, your ISP may also provide you with code that you can
freely use on your Web page such as
code to implement a
hit counter or guestbook. It is important
to check with your ISP beforehand to find out what services are provided with
your Internet account.
Finding Free Web Space Online
Finding free Web space on the
Internet can be managed with a simple Web
There are a plethora of services available to individuals and businesses looking
for a place to park a Web site and not have to pay for the service. These online
offers, depending on which one you choose, will provide you with anywhere from
5MB to 100MB of space for hosting your Web site. Some free site companies will offer value-added
services, such as tracking logs, counters, guestbooks, virtual domain names, copy
& paste scripts and more. Generally these added services are ideal for people
who are unfamiliar with Web site building and feature implementation.
While this type of service may sound even better
than using your ISP for hosting a small Web site, you should always do your
research first. Visitors to your Web page might end up being spammed with oodles
of pop-up and
banner advertisements, and you will have no control over the
advertising content that may be a direct conflict with your Web page,
especially if it is a site designed for children and younger readers. These
companies are able to offer Web space to people for free because they rely on
advertising dollars brought in by you showing their ads on your Web page. Be
sure to read the user agreement before signing up for a free Web hosting account
so you know what to expect in terms of advertising.
Cheap Web Space Online
If the idea of running advertisements on your Web site is unappealing, you
can find services similar to free hosting but for which you pay a small fee to
have the Web page run advertisement-free. In fact, many of the sites offering
free hosting also offer upgraded accounts where you can pay anywhere from $5 to
$20 a month to have the advertisements stripped from your site. By upgrading
to a paid account you will most likely have access to additional Web site
building features and
services not offered with the free accounts.
There is a lot of competition for your Web site
hosting dollars, and when looking for Web space you can find some pretty good
deals online. F2G is just one example of a Web
site hosting provider
that offers some excellent options and lots of space for $6.95/month if paid
annually. With this type of premium (but cheap) Web site hostin,g you can also
pay a little extra to have a domain name registered and the site available to
readers under the domain name.
Web site Hosting
A site (location) on the
World Wide Web. Each Web site contains a
page, which is the first
see when they enter the site. The site might also contain
additional documents and
Each site is owned and managed by an individual, company or
A document on the World Wide
Web. Every Web page is identified by a unique URL (Uniform
computer that delivers (serves up)
pages. Every Web server has an
address and possibly a
domain name. For example, if you enter the
http://www.webopedia.com/index.html in your
this sends a request to the server whose domain name is
pcwebopedia.com. The server then fetches the page named
index.html and sends it to your browser. Any computer can be turned into a
Web server by installing server
and connecting the machine to the
There are many Web server software applications, including
public domain software from NCSA and Apache, and commercial
A Web host is in the
business of providing server space, Web services and file
maintenance for Web sites controlled by individuals or companies
that do not have their own Web servers. Many ISPs, such as
America Online, will allow subscribers a small amount of server
space to host a personal Web page. Other commercial ISPs will
charge the user a fee depending on the complexity of the site
More Related Terms From
World Wide Web
What Is A Domain Name
The only way to
register and start using a
domain name is to use the services of a domain name registrar. The domain
name industry is regulated and overseen by
the organization that is responsible for certifying companies as domain name
registrars. At one time there was only one domain name registrar Network
Solutions Inc. but today there are dozens of accredited registrars. Only a
domain name registrar is permitted to access and modify the master
database of domain names maintained by
InterNIC. If you come across a registrar that is not on the list, it is most
likely that the organization is acting as a reseller for one of the accredited
registrars as only an accredited registrar has the capability to modify the
database of domain names. The registrar you choose will determine the cost for
registering a domain name, but in general expect to pay a yearly fee.
domain name is a name that identifies one or more
IP addresses. For example,
the domain name microsoft.com represents about a dozen IP addresses. Domain
names are used in URLs to identify particular Web pages. For example, in the URL
http://www.webopedia.com/index.html, the domain name is cwebopedia.com.
Do You Really Need a Domain Name?
There is no doubt that by registering and using a domain name your costs
associated with having a Web site will increase. Many individuals will use domain
names to help create an identity on the Web, but for most business and corporate users, the
use of a domain name is for branding purposes. Usually, you will try to find a
domain name that is related to your company name, your industry, or a mixture of
both if finding an available domain name becomes too difficult. Companies will
often use their Web site as a way to communicate and provide information to
clients, and also market their Web site as a part of their business by including
the URL to their Web site on business cards and advertisements.
Once you have decided on a domain name, and found
it to be available, you can then start the process of registering that domain
name. This is a task you can do, or many ISPs will offer a complete hosting
package that will include the registering of the domain name for you, however
you need to ensure the ISP will register the domain name in your own name. In many
instances you will pay a one time set-up for the services associated with the
name being registered and the technical work, then pay your service provider a
monthly or yearly fee for the Web site hosting services. It is important to
remember that once you have registered a domain name, so long as you continue to
pay for the domain name registration you can switch hosts the new host will
take care of the technical details to ensure your Web address continues to work
when you switch hosts.
Regardless of which Web site hosting option you
choose to go with, there are many companies out there offering services to help
you create a Web presence. The bonus of business on the Internet also means you can look
for Web site hosts outside of your geographical region to help you get a plan that
is right for you at a price you're willing to pay!
Did You Know...
On February 23, 2004 there were 34,665,404 active.com domain names
When you include .net, .info, .org, .biz, and .us,
the total number of active registered domains is 48,927,948.
Vangie 'Aurora' Beal
Last updated: March 4, 2005
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