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
Hosting providers generally fall into two categories.
How To Find A Host
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
|Provider||Plan Name||Price||Bandwidth||Storage||Domains allowed||Shell access||PHP||Perl||Python||Ruby On Rails||FTP||MySQL||PostgreSQL||SVN||CVS|
|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|