We discussed domain names, their significance, IP numbers, key points to remember while selecting a domain name etc. last week. This week we discuss the next step - how to find a physical space in the Internet that will host your webpages under your own domain name (yourdomain.com)
The domain name is an intellectual property, you may or may not use it to build a website. However, if you decide to build a website named after your selected domain name (yourdomain.com) - you need physical space in a web server or Host. Host is a computer with special features (notably a 24-hour telecom connection with Internet called backbone). You have the options of:
The next decision you need to take is the platform or operating system of the server. There are largely two options :
There are pros and cons for both, no such thing as one best solution. While Unix / Linux option is cheaper and faster, Miscrosoft supported options provide user friendliness, flexibility, regular upgrades etc. The best solution depends upon your actual requirements - something your technical expert is better placed to decide.
The third and final decision is the location of your server. Earlier, options were limited - USA or Europe as there was hardly any data centre in India. However, many Indian data centres and web hosts have come up during last two years. The ground rule is to select a location that is nearer to your target audience.
What To Look For In A Web Host
There are plenty of vitally important things to look for in a host OTHER THAN PRICE . Do not get carried away by price alone - check how competent is your host and what features are offered. Some of the features you may look for are:
In addition to above general selection criteria, you should also be looking for:
You must be sufficiently confused by now !! Well, in next issue we shall discuss how to get best advise from the web free of cost. We shall list web resources that will help you compare and decide the best host for your application.
- Newsletter on Business Opportunties from India and Abroad
Vol II, Issue 18; October 11' 2001