Getting your Own Web Hosting

By: L.Sumarli

Ten years ago, having a computer with 4 GB of hard drive was a state of the art. Nobody could ever imagine that we could run around with a 4 GB key ring size USB drive. That is how much technology has advanced. The fact too applies to emails and web hostings.

Undeniably true that people are still using hotmail, gmail, yahoo mail and other free web based email accounts. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. They are great and most importantly they are free. I myself too use hotmail gmail as well as yahoo. However, when it comes to presenting your business, especially when you are just starting out, it would give a good impressions if you have yourname@yourcompanyname.com on your business cards. In business world, people tends take you more seriously as they are aware you are taking your business seriously too.

This is where web hosting provider comes in handy. Sure they used to cost thousand of dollars and many small and home based type business owners could not afford it, but as I mention earlier web hosting is changing. It is much more affordable with much functionality offered to subscribers. Some web hosting companies, it will only cost you $9.95 / month to have your site hosted. That is equivalent to having chicken sandwiches these days.

Now, people would claim "Why would I pay money, where I can get free email?" Sure, but if you would like to look more professional in your small business than you must have it. You would also think that, "Well maybe I should wait till I design my own website so I don't waste any subscription time" Well, you are somehow right. You might be wasting your subscription time, however once your subscription is activated you can start using your email accounts at that very moments. That being said, you can start distributing your new email to your contacts and potential clients. Impress them by that moment! Of course, you do not want to wait too long while you are getting someone to design your sites, which lead us to the last point.

Good hosting companies, they usually offer subscribers free applications in the subscription. These applications are open source based, meaning you can use it anyway you like it as long as you keep the copyright intact within the original source codes. The beauty of these free applications, it only takes minutes to install. Once installed, you can start configuring your sites through admin panel. No HTML knowledge is required. I have one template that I just installed before I wrote this article. WordPress, a web based application that is intended for writing blog purposes. You can have a demo at . I installed it for demonstration purposes, so I have not configured it as a working site. Wordpress is just one of many open source application that you would get. If you are selling online, then you can utilize OS-Commerce, one of the most popular open source e-commerce applications complete with shopping cart. There you go, last problem solved. You are now basically ready to do showcase your new email, and level up your business image.

So, let us summarize. The advantage of having your own web hosting:


  • More professional look as you can have yourname@yourbusiness.com

  • You get free templates and applications so that you can start building your sites with no HTML knowledge required

  • The best thing is that it only cost you $9.95/month, which equal to buying a pair of decent shoes every year!


  • For more details on choosing the right web hosting company, I have picked several affordable web hosting providers for you to choose in my product review sites.

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