a hosting solution can be difficult. Asking the right questions
can help make your selection process easier.
I found an hosting offer that
was very inexpensive. How can I turn it down?
Beware! Our advice is not to chose a host by price alone.
You need reliable service from a company that cares about
its customers and services. If the offer looks too good
to be true, it may indicate that upgrades to their network
systems is lacking or support may be nonexistent when that
unexpected problem comes along. Servers may also be overloaded
with too many customers, which will compromise speed, reliability,
and possibly security.
Hosting provides very affordable prices and we know that
a product is only as good as its customer service. We care
about our clients and strive to provide quality services
and promote a beneficial relationship with each customer.
Our networks are carefully monitored for load balancing
to maintain optimum performance. We do not overload our
servers. System upgrades are implemented often and customers
are kept informed to avoid unplanned interruption of service.
Do I have sign a contract for
a fixed length of time?
Hosting providers require that you sign up and pay for contracted
services upfront. When prepaying services for a year or
two, not only are your initial costs high, but if you encounter
problems, you are locked into using this service or risk
losing your investment.
Hosting requires no fixed-length contracts. You may pay
on a monthly basis or determine a less frequent payment
What are the costs to set up
fees vary greatly in the industry and can be very costly.
Be sure to consider these fees as well as the setup costs
for additional features when shopping for a hosting service.
Hosting offers free account setup and each package comes
with a large number of features included. There are many
addon scripts that can be installed by you directly from
your Control Panel. These scripts are automatically installed
and configured with the click of a button.
of the scripts included are a guest book, counters, clocks,
Entropy Search and banner programs, and more. Additonally,
these programs can be installed using the Fantastico program
InvisionBoard: a Web bulletin board system.
PHP-Nuke: an advanced content management system.
osCommerce: a full-featured and flexible shopping
you require specialized script installation, an additional
fee will be charged for the services of a technician.
Other than disk space and bandwidth,
what basic features should I look for?
that some commercial hosts do not allow you to install CGI
scripts without their approval. This is not desirable since
it means that you have to wait for them before you can implement
a feature on your site.
of the basic features you should look for are FTP, CGI,
CGI-BIN access, PHP, POP3 email accounts, site statistics
generators, and site management software such as Control
Panel to start. If you are paying for a site, you really
should make sure you have all of these. You may also need
database support and FrontPage Extensions if you are using
the program components.
Anet Hosting provides all of these features standard in