Choosing a web hosting plan could be daunting, you see a lot of words that you don’t understand such as PHP5, MySQL, etc… Don’t worry about those yet, you can learn about them at a later time. The most important thing to know right now while you are starting out is how much storage space and bandwidth do you really need.
Lately, Web Hosts’ offers from 300mb to 500mb of disk space as their starter or basic website plan. I hear people claim that they use less that 10mb of disk space for their web site. When starting out this is true but your website grows as time goes by due to the fact that some webmasters constantly add new web pages and don’t forget about the ever growing databases. Purchase the minimum package at the start and move up later on as you needs grow. We at ComputersPh.com uses much more that what’s mentioned here.
Along with the disk space is your bandwidth usage. When a visitor arrives at your site, they use bandwidth to transfer data back to their computer; the more people visit your site, the more bandwidth you will use. If your site gets very popular and utilizes more bandwidth than is allotted, you can always upgrade your web package to fill this need.
Most web hosts offer a POP3 email account with forwarders and auto responder along with their hosting plan. A POP3 account lets you send and receive email from your computer using a program like Outlook. You create your email account using your domain, for example, you could create email@example.com.
cPanel is the control panel for your web site, this is where you access your web folders and applications to run your web site. There is a tutorial that comes with your cPanel so you can learn what is included like your web mail, databases, CGI Scripts, etc…
If you are a little bit technical and want to set-up a blog or a forum site, you will need to familiarize yourself with Fantastico auto installer.
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