What exactly is web hosting? What features will you need from a web host? Questions like these often overwhelm would-be web publishers that are just starting out. But we are here to help. After reading this article you will not know everything there is to know about web hosting, but you will understand enough to get you started.

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There are many sites on the internet (about 50 million active sites and over 100 million active Hostnames). However, many of these sites don’t serve their intended purpose, or in other words, haven’t reached their full potential.

For a business that isn’t an internet based business that could still survive without the internet or computers, what is the purpose of a website you may ask? Other than selling something online, there are still a number of good reasons for having a website: To alleviate menial tasks, to market yourself inexpensively or merely to provide basic and freely available information about your business.

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We all have our preferences when it comes to operating systems some people prefer one of the many flavors of Windows, while others prefer one of the several distributions of Linux. It is all the matter of what works best for you. Another aspect that should be taken into consideration when determining which type of web hosting you should use Windows or Linux/Unix, is what you intend to do on your website.

There are many differences between the two operating systems. However, when it comes to web hosting there are just as many differences. Some people with Windows operating systems choose to use Linux/Unix web hosting.

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The second thing you must have on your web site is an opt-in form. No visitor to your site should be allowed to leave without the option of leaving their email address. You rarely get two chances with a visitor, so make your opt-in form prominent and offer some freebie to induce them to sign up. This can be a newsletter, a free eBook or perhaps even 5 or 7 part course. Courses are good since you can prove yourself to be an expert in your field.

However, once you have at least a first name and email address, you can keep in touch and send special offers of products that can provide you with an income.

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Are you looking to build yourself a website? Trying to give yourself a presence on the internet? Then you would definitely be needing a web host to host your site on. First thing to think about though when looking for a web host is the sort of website you are thinking of creating. Is it going to be a just a personal site about yourself and your CV, Is it going to be a family site with lots of family pictures? Thinking of setting up a busy forum about your favourite hobby, or a game server to play your favourite games online with friends or are you even contemplating having multiple sites? All this questions would have to be answered before you embark on your search for a suitable web hosting.

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Your domain name choice can be critical to your business yet many do not know how to choose a domain name. If you want a successful business you will need it to be accessible from the internet. To achieve that you will need a website, and hence a domain name. The domain name is the name by which your site is known, such as www.mysite.com and the number of domains registered on the internet has increased from about 10 million in the year 2000 to over 50 million now.

There are a few approaches that can be taken to choosing a domain name, and each can be appropriate according to the circumstances.

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When a computer on your network needs to access a computer on the Internet, your computer sends your router a message containing source and destination address and process information. Before forwarding your message to the remote computer, your router must modify the source information and must create and track the communication session so that replies can be routed back to your computer. Here is an example of normal outbound traffic and the resulting inbound responses:

1. You open Internet Explorer, beginning a browser session on your computer. Invisible to you, your operating system assigns a service number (port number) to every communication process running on your computer.

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There are usually quiet a few reasons why people or organizations decide to transfer to another webhosting provider. It could be simply because of insufficient storage space, bandwidth, or it could be because of web hosting company's customer support system.

Changing to the new internet web hosting organization may seem to be a challenging task, however it is not that complex, there are only few things need to be considered.

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Choosing a Domain Name

What makes the perfect domain name? Well, it has to be: 

1. Relatively short 

2. Simple to remember 

3. Easy to spell 

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Hosting Your Site Using FTP

Fast Hosting provides comprehensive web hosting services to members. See Fast Hosting for more information. This document explains how to use the FTP features.

Introduction

File Transfer Protocol (FTP), as its name suggests, is a protocol used for transferring files over the Internet.

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