Web Hosting provides space for your web site files on a web server
Although you could actually do this yourself on your home computer, you wouldn’t want to except in very special situations. You would need advanced computer knowledge, a static IP (Internet Protocol) address, and extra hardware such as a RAID array and backup power for your computer. It’s usually better and more cost effective to buy a shared hosting package.
I use and recommend 1and1.com for web hosting services for the following reasons:
- Their web hosting packages are extremely economical
- They include one or more domains at no charge (the number depends on which package you choose)
- Additional domains can be added very inexpensively
- They provide excellent customer service that is available 24/7
- Their service is very reliable. You are unlikely to have any downtime at all with 1&1!
- They offer a choice of Windows or Linux hosting (more about this later)
- They offer a variety of plans to suit your individual needs
I have been with 1&1 for many years, and have been very satisfied with their service. All of my current sites are hosted with 1&1.
Follow this link to choose a web hosting package and order your domain name(s): 1&1 Web Hosting – Special Offer!
Windows or Linux — Which Should I choose?
Web servers have operating systems just as home computers do. It’s important to choose the right one for your project. Note that it doesn’t matter if your home computer runs Windows and you choose a Linux hosting package. They are not related.
So, which one should you choose? Most small businesses and organizations should choose a Linux package. Linux is very reliable and stable, and supports a number of free, open source web design tools and Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress and Joomla. I’ll discuss this in greater detail on the Web Design page. Larger businesses and enterprises often choose Windows. If you happen to want to use Microsoft web authoring tools like Front Page or Expression Web Designer, or the Microsoft SharePoint CMS, you should definitely choose Windows. Otherwise, choose Linux.
What if you make the wrong choice, or change your mind later? It’s possible to switch from Linux to Windows or vice versa, but that can sometimes involve some extra work, including possible downtime for your web site. At 1&1, they’ve made great strides in simplifying this process over the past year, but you should still try to avoid it if possible by choosing the right package in the first place. We can advise you on which operating system would be best for your web site.