Starting A Website/Choosing a Hosting Service
Choosing a hosting service for a website without any prior experience can be difficult owing to lack of knowledge about what reasonable prices are or what is needed for a particular set of skills or objectives. In this chapter, we will discuss what services are necessary or desirable, depending on one's current skill level and needs.
Types of Services[edit | edit source]
Hosting providers generally fall into two categories.
How To Find A Host[edit | edit source]
To find a host, it is generally beneficial to use a service such as FindMyHosting.com, which conglomerates information and reviews of various online web hosts. In finding a web host, consider the following:
- Purpose. What do you want to use this site for? If you are looking to create a website to give your business an online presence, consider what functionality you want that site to have. Many interactive features - for example, contact forms - will require a little bit of PHP knowledge. If you just want to have a basic informational website, though, you probably won't need these services (at least at first). Paid hosting services generally charge more for the additional functionality of service-side programming languages.
- For personal use? If you're just created a personal website to put up information about yourself, you probably don't need to have your own hosting service provider.
Hosting Service Comparison Chart[edit | edit source]
|Provider||Plan Name||Price||Bandwidth||Storage||Domains allowed||Shell access||PHP||Perl||Python||Ruby On Rails||FTP||MySQL||PostgreSQL||SVN||CVS|
|RoseHosting||SSD 1 VPS||$19.95/mo.||2000 GB||30 GB SSD||Unlimited||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|MilesWeb||Beginner||Rs.180 INR/mo.||500 MB||5 GB||Unlimited||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Unlimited||Unlimited||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|HostSoch||Linux Advanced||Rs.149 INR/mo.||500 MB||5 GB||Unlimited||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Unlimited||Unlimited||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|MediaTemple||Gridserver||$20.00/mo.||100 GB||1 TB||100||Yes||Yes||No||Unknown||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|MediaTemple||Dedicated Virtual||Starts at $50/mo.||1 TB||20 GB||Unlimited||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Unlimited||Unlimited||Yes||Yes||Yes||Can be installed|
|Angelfire||Free hosting||Free||1 GB||20 MB||Hosted on angelfire.com||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Angelfire||Angelfire Elements Neon||$4.95 + $10.00 setup||100 GB||1 GB||Hosted on angelfire.com||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Angelfire||Angelfire Elements Argon||$8.95/mo. + $15.00 setup||300 GB||3 GB||1 (included)||No||No||Yes||No||No||5 accounts (15 MB each)||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Angelfire||Angelfire Elements Xenon||$11.95/mo. + $15.00 setup||500 GB||5 GB||1 (included)||No||No||Yes||No||No||10 accounts (15 MB each)||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Angelfire||Angelfire Elements Krypton||$14.95/mo. + $15.00 setup||1000 GB||10 GB||1 (included)||No||No||Yes||No||No||15 (15 MB each)||Yes||No||No||No||No|