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Why Free Web Hosting May Not Be A Bad Thing

free web hosting vs paid web hostingFree Web Hosting vs Paid Web HostingThere is paid web hosting and there is free web hosting. Most people tend to steer clear of free web hosting as they tend to believe that “there is no free lunch”. Free web hosting must have its catches?

Well, that really depends on your purposes and your position.

Why purpose?

If your web hosting is for your website which is for commercial purposes, such as an ecommerce web-store, you need absolute reliability and uptime. Every second of downtime is lost revenue. While some free web hosting providers guarantee uptime, you cannot hold it against them if their services do not meet expectations and cause your business to lose hundreds of dollars of revenue. Why? Because most free web hosts will have a clause in their terms that state that they do not guarantee uptime at all because they are a free service. Now, most free hosts will not even guarantee any uptime and those free web hosting services are provided on a best effort basis. You cannot risk hosting your crucial business website on such a free hosting plan.

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Is Free/Cheap Website Hosting Better?

You Get What You Pay ForYou Get What You Pay ForThe age old saying of "You get what you pay for" always stands true, especially when it comes to hosting company and design costs. There is no such thing as "FREE HOSTING"! you will pay for it in the end, and I will explain why!

Website hosting is a multi-million rand industry, and giving away hosting is not lucrative to any company. The only reasons that a hosting, or website design company would give you free hosting would be under the following conditions:

  1. The hosting company company has inflated it's prices to lure you in by giving you free hosting.
  2. The hosting company company gives you free hosting, but you will need to add banners to your website.
  3. The hosting company will offer x amount of months for free, if you sign a long term contract, or if you pay up front for 1 or 2 years.

The reason these companies give away free hosting, or charge very low costs for hosting your website, is solely because the advertising that goes on your website is where they turn a profit, and also the servers that your website will be hosted on will be highly overpopulated!

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What Exactly Is Virtual Web Hosting?

ecommerce websitee-Commerce WebsiteSo you have decided that you want to start a website, or even an e-commerce site. You have managed the site design, and have even purchased a domain name, but now what? You will never get any visitors to your site if it isn’t accessible via the web.

The only way to do that is by using a server. The server will maintain a permanent connection with the web and on the server will be stored all the information about your website. In effect, users will come onto the server access your website and then when they decide to move to another website they will access information from another server. So, the real question is, what type of server do you need?

For all individual users and most small e-commerce users, virtual web hosting is the way to go. The other option, having a dedicated server, means that you will actually go out and purchase a big and very expensive piece of hardware that will be used for your website alone. Virtual web hosting is, essentially, renting a small piece of someone else’s server. Virtual web hosting which is also called shared hosting, because it usually means many different sites are all located on a single server, and is vastly more economical than owning and maintaining your own server. But beyond just economics, there are a great number of reasons to use virtual web hosting rather than dedicated hosting.

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What is ASP Hosting?

ASP Hosting ProviderASP Hosting ProviderASP hosting is a server-side scripting environment that uses the Active Server Pages (ASP) technology. It is designed for dynamic web pages and applications, offering a vast array of functionalities for web developers. ASP hosting is normally hosted on a Windows server, typically an NT server, and can be fully integrated into an Internet Information Server (IIS) or PWS. The concept of ASP is the same as scripts such as Java Server Pages (JSP) and CGI, that enables web pages to work with databases and programs in the web server. An ASP web page is easily identifiable with the .asp extension on the URL.

ASP hosting works in a similar way as other server-side scripting technologies. When your web browser sends its request to the web server, the web server will call ASP, which would process the requested file. It would run any script commands, and in turn sends the requested web page back to the web browser. Hence, it is the server who runs all the requests, and sends the requested HTML pages back to the browser.

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What is Coldfusion Hosting?

cold fusion hostingCold Fusion HostingColdFusion hosting is a server-side scripting language which is similar to PHP or ASP. A product of Macromedia, it is considered as a complete web application server, for not only basic hosting, but extends to developing and delivering scaleable e-commerce applications, especially for business websites. Mostly, ColdFusion is utilized in small and large businesses, and also for some advanced personal uses. It is due to the fact that in a short space of time, users will be able to create robust Web applications, coupled with advanced data integration.

Since it is a server-side technology, ColdFusion hosting works by having a web server to process and deliver web applications, rather than just plain web pages. The language used is called ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), which includes tags for querying databases, outputting text and interacting with different web services. The language uses tags and attributes, similar to XHTML, for the codes that interact with the website, and its back-end functions. CFML is relatively much simpler than languages like C++. However, a strong understanding in HTML coding, and relational database design, is still very important.

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Outgoing SMTP Settings

email settingsemail SettingsYour Outgoing (SMTP) Server is used for sending emails. Your internet service provider (ISP) will supply you with the server name.

Here is a list of the most common Outgoing servers

  • For Telkom ADSL, outgoing server is smtp.dsl.telkomsa.net or smtp.saix.net
  • For Telkom Analogue Dial Up, use smtp.saix.net or smtp.dsl.telkomsa.net
  • For 8TA (Eita), the outgoing server is smtp.saix.net
  • For MWEB ADSL, outgoing server is smtp.mweb.co.za or smtp.mweb.net
  • For Vodacom 3G, outgoing server is smtp.vodacom.co.za
  • For MTN 3G, the outgoing server is mail.mtn.co.za
  • For Cell C the outgoing server is mail.cmobile.co.za
  • For Iburst, outgoing server is smtp.iburst.co.za
  • For I.S. ADSL the outgoing server is smtp.isdsl.net
  • For I.S. 3G the outgoing server is smtp.isgsm.netor smtp.dial-up.net
  • For goggaconnect outgoing server is smtp.vodacom.co.za
  • For Neotel, outgoing server is smtp.neomail.co.za
  • For ABSA, outgoing server is smtp.absamail.co.za or mail.absa.co.za
  • For @lantic (ADSL,Dialup, ISDN) : smtp.lantic.net
  • For NetActive (ADSL,Dialup, ISDN) : smtp.netactive.co.za
  • For Polka (ADSL,Dialup, ISDN) : smtp.polka.co.za
  • For Web Africa (ADSL,Dialup, ISDN) : smtp.wa.co.za
  • For Cybersmart : smtpauth2.cybersmart.co.za or smtp.cybersmart.co.za
  • For Nokia/OVI : smtp.mail.ovi.com or smtp.mail.yahoo.com

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What is Dedicated hosting?

Dedicated Server HostingDedicated HostingDedicated hosting is a hosting environment, where one or more servers are dedicated for a single client. The client effectively leases the server from the hosting provider. The hosting provider provides the server machine, the connectivity, and the required software and operating system, to run the server. Dedicated hosting can also be split into two categories – managed and unmanaged dedicated hosting. For managed dedicated hosting, the hosting provider will provide the services of running and maintaining the server within their own data centre. This is a good choice if you don’t have the personnel, money or time, to operate a server in-house. This is the choice for web developers, who do not want to be bogged down by server management activities. While for unmanaged dedicated hosting, there will be a lot of support and maintenance features that are not provided by the hosting provider, and will be done by the customers themselves. This is normally the hosting choice for system administrators who want to manage their servers themselves.

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What is E-commerce hosting?

e commerce hostinge-Commerce HostingE-commerce hosting is a hosting package designed for customers who require a complete online business solution for their websites. E-commerce hosting providers provide the infrastructure, systems and applications needed for a website to perform online transactions. Hence, it has become a very important requirement of online businesses, since it enables the customers to transact over the internet easily, and more importantly in a secure environment. Thus, it is of no surprise that e-commerce hosting has become one of the fastest growing hosting services, looking at the rate in which people are doing business through the internet.

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What is Fantastico?

fantastico deluxe cpanelFantastico Deluxe C-PanelFantastico is a program that comes with most hosting packages, integrated with the popular online control panel- Cpanel to offer web hosting useres the ability to install popular programs and scripts. The installation of these programs and scripts are significantly simplified, all with the ease of a click of a button. Web-hosting users are able to install multiple instances of popular open source programs for their web design needs. For users who intend to get their sites up and running in minimal time, Fantastico is the perfect solution.

Also referred to as Fantastico Deluxe, the popularity of this program seems to just keep on growing, and with good reasons. An interesting feature of Fantastico is that it is updated on a regular basis to ensure that users will always get the latest software patches and upgrades. Users will have that peace of mind of knowing that their scripts are kept up-to-date with security updates and functionality improvements.

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What is FrontPage Hosting?

frontpage web hostingFrontpage HostingFrontPage hosting is a niche market offering in terms of support for a web authoring software product. It is run on a Windows operating system. The FrontPage software itself refers to a complete package for web site creation, flexible web site management, and the ability to edit and format HTML. All these can be done through an interface that is user-friendly and easy to use especially for those already familiar with Microsoft Office. FrontPage hosting is designed for users who use a lot of dynamic functions for their websites and require FrontPage specific features like photo gallery, active web pages or if they are running FrontPage bots. It is a great platform for users who want to host their small or large e-commerce sites.

FrontPage Hosting is comparable with the normal hosting services but is differentiated by its ability to support for various FrontPage extensions. In fact, FrontPage can only work in perfection if the hosting provider has FrontPage Server Extensions installed. In terms of price, the normal cost for a FrontPage hosting is comparable to the normal Windows or UNIX hosting.

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