A web host is a company that maintains specialized computers called servers that store a website’s files and make them available to others through the internet. If you are hiring a web designer to build your site, they will typically arrange for hosting and will include those costs in your project.

Many domain registrars offer website hosting packages, often for very inexpensive rates. However, the lowest-priced packages may not include all the features you need. Free website hosting is not a good idea. You may be forced to display outside ads on your website. The web host may have little customer support, and they may close up shop without warning. This is one case where you definitely ‘get what you pay for’.

Below are some issues to consider when determining hosting needs:

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