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Budget Web Hosting FAQ
By: Rich Smith
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    2004-09-14

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    Budget Web Hosting frequently asked questions that fills in many of the gaps commonly associated with these packages. Learn more and decide if Budget Web Hosting is for you.

    Where can I find quality, reliable Budget Web hosting? 
    itsALLnet.com features 10 highly rated Budget Web hosting companies offering excellent service and customer support. We limit our listings to 10 hosts per category because our site provides users with quality and not quantity. We display cost, features, support and more on our site so that choosing a Budget Web host is easy.

    I don’t have a lot of money, can I get someone to host my website cheap?
    Happily, yes. Depending on your web site’s requirements, you may be the perfect candidate for a budget web hosting account.

    What is really considered a budget host? 
    A budget host, for the purposes of our comparisons, is defined as a web host provider that offers web site hosting services for $20/month or less.

    Who should be looking for a budget host? 
    Budget hosting is used primarily for personal use and by small businesses. The best candidate for a budget web host is a site that contains mostly static HTML pages, with a small amount of traffic. Size matters as well, since web hosts offer limited amounts of disc space for the different services they offer. So, someone who has a large website, or a very heavily trafficked site would not benefit from a budget web host account.

    How cheap can I get a website hosted for? 
    It is not unheard of to see websites available for as low as $2.95/month, or lower.

    Do budget hosts offer quality service and uptime? 
    In general budget hosting is simply a cheaper hosting plan offered by hosting companies for people or business that don't require high amounts of disk space, bandwidth or programming. The plans usually contain many of the commonly required features and are a viable hosting option. Our budget hosts offer quality service and many have 99.9% or higher uptime guarantees.

    What features can I expect to get? 
    To be honest, there are a number of budget hosts who offer quite an impressive package at a budget price. Features like database support, scripting, shopping carts, and email processing are available through most budget hosts. More advanced features are available at some hosts, but usually at an additional cost.

    What if I start with a budget hosting plan and then later require more? 
    Most of the companies offering budget hosting can, upon request, upgrage your account to one that better satisfies your requirements.

    What platforms can I get budget hosting on? 
    You can find budget hosting on both the Unix/Linux platforms, and the Windows platform. Services among the two are very competitive, since most offerings and features are available for both operating systems. Web server software is commonly Apache for Unix/Linux, and IIS for Windows.

    What should I watch out for when selecting a budget host? 
    The key thing to look for in any hosting provider is reliability. When selecting a host, check to see how long they have been around. If the host has been around for a short time, it may not yet be an established company. If a web host goes out of business while hosting your site, chances are you are out of luck, especially if you paid a year in advance. Also, make sure your budget account includes technical support. Some hosts offer budget accounts for a good price, but charge extra for support.

    What shouldn’t I sacrifice in the name of price? 
    There are a couple of things to consider carefully when selecting a host. First, you want to make sure the hosting package you choose offers enough disk space to hold your web site. Secondly, depending on the size of your website, and how many visitors you expect to have, you want to make sure your host offers enough bandwidth for your site to operate. When you exceed your allotted bandwidth in a month, your host will charge you extra.

    What features should I sacrifice to save money? 
    The simple answer to this is ‘everything you don’t need’. Things like database support, shopping carts, scripting languages, and even web control panels are useful things, but not worth the extra money if you do not need them. A majority of the websites on the Internet today are nothing but HTML pages, and a few graphics. A website like this requires none of the bells and whistles offered by most hosts.


    Glossary of terms: 

    Apache
    Web Server software freely available for both Unix and Linux.

    Bandwidth
    How much information can be carried in a given time period over a wired or wireless communications link, like the Internet.

    Control Panel
    An administrative tool provided by some web hosts to ease the maintenance of your hosted website.

    HTML
    The markup language used to define what a web page looks like including text, colors, and images.

    IIS
    I IS (Internet Information Server) is a Web server built for the Windows operating system.

    Scripting Language
    The tool used by a web developer to build interactivity into a website.


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