Choosing a Web Host
There are 3 basic options:
- Dedicated server.
This option is good for large companies who need total
control over the server. No other website will be hosted on the
server. You will also have root access for administration.
Average Cost: $80 to $300 a month
- IP Based Hosting
IP based hosting is basically shared hosting but with
your own unique IP address. This means that your site will share
space on a dedicated server.
Average Cost: $15 to $30 a month
- Name Based Hosting
Name based hosting is like IP hosting above, but you do not have
a dedicated IP number.
Average Cost: $5 to $15 a month
Which one is right for you?
A dedicated server is right for a large company who needs absolute
control. If you are in doubt about a dedicated server, I suggest
the services of a consultant or a visit to BlueHost
dedicated server page for more information. In short, when you need
a dedicated server you usually know it. Why choose between IP and
name based hosting? If you intend to set up your own payment processing
and need a secure
certificate, you will need a dedicated IP number. If you are
going to promote your site by search engine you should also get
a dedicated IP.