SELECTING A HOSTING PLAN offers several hosting plans. There are six things to consider when choosing a web hosting plan.

1. What operating system do I need? Do I need Windows Hosting or Linux Hosting?
For web sites that are written in .htm or .html the operating system of a hosted web server is a matter of preference. For web sites with .asp extensions ( Windows Hosting ) or .php extensions (Linux Hosting) your web site server will need to use a specific operating system to work correctly. You can contact your web site developer or if you have question regarding the operating system that your site needs.

2. How much Disk Space/Storage will I need?
Disk Space/Storage refers to the amount of space given by a web hosting plan for your web site's pages, images, and any additional files. Take this into consideration when determining the total number of files you will be using for your website and their sizes. You can contact your web site developer or if you have question regarding the size of your web site.

3. What is Data Transfer and how much will I need?
Data Transfer is the monthly amount of outward-bound and in-ward bound traffic between your web site and the end users. Each time a visitor views one of your pages, all the files used to generate the page are calculated into your data transfer. Most web hosting plans' monthly data transfer rates are listed in Gigabytes. If you have an existing web site there should be log files to help you determine your monthly data usage rate. You can contact your web site developer or if you have question regarding your site's data transfer rate.

4. What should I pay for web hosting?
There are many hosting plans to choose from and they all offer different features and usage rates. Most web sites need enough disk space and data transfer to triple their existing site usage. If your web site is new then you will need a basic plan to get you started - either a Linux Web Starter Plan / Windows Web Starter Plan $6.95-a-month for smaller web sites, or a small business might want a Linux Business Express Plan / Windows Business Express Plan. $19.95-a-month. offers discounts for term payments: 3-Month Discount 20%, 6-Month Discount 35%, and 12-Month Discount 50%.

5. Why does the Programming Language of my web site matter?

Programming Languages such as ASP, PHP, Perl/CGI, JSP and ColdFusion are used to create a lot of popular scripts (software) to help your website function. For example, let's say you find a photo gallery script that is written in PHP and you want to use it on a new domain name you just bought ( In that case, you want to make sure the web hosting plan supports PHP.

6. Will I or should I need good support from my web hosting company?

Support is really important when choosing a web hosting plan. You should check to see if the web host offers a support option whether by phone, chat or email.


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