Aug
8
2008

Choosing The Right Web Hosting Plan For Your Affiliate Business

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Affiliate marketing is not just about how much money you make, the costs you have also plays a big part in your total profit. When starting up an affiliate business it’s ok to use a free option such as a blog on WordPress, but as your business grows it might be a good idea to start thinking about having your own domain. If you’re not particularly computer savvy and things like “bandwidth” and “hosting costs” sound like Greek to you – don’t worry; this post is here to translate! Sit back and relax as we will explain all the things you need to know to make the best choice when expanding your affiliate business

When it comes to hosting your website, there are almost endless options, and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, those options are overwhelming and confusing. To narrow down your choices for a web host, consider the mechanics, the costs and the customer service.

Web Host Mechanics
The technical aspects of a web hosting plan range from basic to an essentially deluxe model. The average website does well with an introductory level of bandwidth and storage space, and a good web host always includes the option to upgrade or downgrade your server and its elements as your needs change.

Storage Space – The amount of space available on your server is designated by megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). The larger and more complex your website is, the more storage space you’ll need. A basic ten page website or blog will be easily accommodated with a 25MB plan typically most basic plan available. However if your website contains large graphics, videos, games, presentations, databases or other large files, you should consider a server with additional file storage space. Be sure to check as well if you must pay a fee to upgrade to a larger server down the road as your site grows.

Bandwidth – Bandwidth is how fast information travels through your website. The higher your bandwidth, the faster your website will load. Bandwidth is measured in an amount per month and you should be able to upgrade to a new plan with increased bandwidth if you find you’re nearing your limit. You may be able to add additional bandwidth for a separate fee every month with some plans.

Email – You’ll want to be sure your web host offers email accounts affiliated with your domain and if possible, email forwarding so that you can collect all accounts in a single location.

CGI, MySQL, Frontpage – Scripts, file editors, games and database programs require special features from servers. If you know that you will be using programs or files such as these, check to be sure your web host supports them.

Operating System – Most servers are run from a Linux or Unix platform. If you need a Microsoft server to suit your site needs, you’ll need to be very clear with possible web hosting companies about this requirement.

Shopping Cart – If your website will be focused on Ecommerce, you’ll want to be sure your web host can handle the demands or offer their own versions of a shopping cart feature.

Web Host Costs
Web hosting plans range widely in cost. Some are even free for a year with the purchase of a domain or other service. Others are hundreds per month. The main component in cost is if your server is shared or dedicated. A shared server means your website is hosted alongside others. A dedicated server is yours to use exclusively without being bogged down by the traffic of other sites. When selecting a plan based on cost, be sure to weigh the features included as well as the track record of the site itself including support.

Web Host Support
The most critical aspect of a web hosting plan is the support center. The ideal web host offers twenty-four hour support, but at a minimum the hours of the support center should match the hours you plan on working on your website. With most web sites, however, you want to fix a problem immediately without waiting on a center to open – whether it’s the middle of the night or the middle of the afternoon.

About the author: This guest post was provided by AffiliateTips.com – an affiliate site with lots of useful information for anyone who is interested in affiliate marketing. They also have a large selection of affiliate program reviews to make it easier for you to find and compare affiliate programs that match your site.

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