Options of Web Hosting Services
Operating Systems and Web Servers There're many Web servers you can choose from to serve the Web pages. Apache, Internet Information
Service (IIS) and Netscape Enterprise Web server are among the popular Web servers. Most of Web servers support multiple platforms - Windows,
Unix or Linux.
Programming Language Support You need a hosting environment that supports your favorite programming languages - ASP, PHP, Perl or JSP.
Database Support Ecommerce applications demand database backend support whether it's a MySQL, MS SQL Server or Oracle.
Disk Space and Bandwidth It's common for hosting plans to offer over 200MB disk space and over 40GB bandwidth a month. Don't worry
about disk space and bandwidth unless you plan to distribute large software or images on the net.
Other Features Other must-have hosting features include control panel, email, FTP, backup and site traffic analysis.
Perl is a scripting language built for text processing, extracting and reporting.
It has been widely used by Unix admin. Perl was the only language
capable of building dynamic Web pages in the early years of the Web in
the form of CGI (Common Gateway Interface).
Unlike ASP, JSP and PHP, You can't mix Perl scripts with text or HTML tags. Text and HTML tags are printed in Perl. You can access various databases
in Perl, for instance use oraperl to connect to Oracle database.
How to choose a Web Hosting Company
Selecting a hosting company is a time-consuming and intimidating process since there're so many hosting plans and vendors to choose from.
You can, however, find your ideal hosting company in 2-4 hours by following our 4-step process.
1: Look for Hosting Features The first step is to look at hosting plans from 3-5 hosting companies that meet your business and technical needs.
2: Research on Quality and Reputation The number of customers is one of the best measures of service quality. You should also look at
the trend of customer acquisition, years in business and customer feedback.
3: Test Availability and Performance Hosting companies usually guarantee 99.99% availability of your Web sites. You can find out connection
speed they offer on hosting vendors' web sites. You should test 2-3 sites hosted by the hosting company or look at Alexa's site information
on evaluation of the connection speed for a particular site.
4: Check the Pricing The pricing is the last thing to worry about. The stiff competition, maturity of hosting business model and advance in
technology have turned Web hosting into a commodity.
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