Making Cash On The Web is a serious attempt to compile useful information about making money on the internet. It is a combination of things that I have learned myself, as well as information culled from other sources. It is NOT about get rich quick schemes, or wierd marketing programs. I am not going to sell you anything.
On the surface, it seems simple. You need a company to rent you space on their servers so that you can upload your website files.
But there are literally millions of web hosting services out there. And there are probably billions of different hosting plans.
To get started, you don’t need a particularly complex or expensive plan. But you probably are going to need a plan that provides some flexibility, and if you are relatively new to this, one that has good support services.
This means that the cheapest hosting isn’t always the best.
The two most obvious issues are disk (server) space and bandwidth.
Disk space is the amount of space allocated to you on the rented server. This is the limit to the number of files that you can store there.
Bandwidth is the amount of data that users can request in a given period of time, usually a month—although some very cheap hosts have daily limits. This is the equivalent of “minutes” on a cell phone or long distance deal. Once your readers have used up your bandwidth, your site either is shut down, or you end up paying a premium.
So how much space are you going to need?
I’d say that—assuming that you’re serious, and given room for growth— 500 - 1,000 megabytes is a good starting point. You don’t want to outgrow your space too soon. I found that, after creating my initial site, I found plenty of new features that I wanted to add. And each of those additional features demanded more server space. I soon ran out of space on my cheap host. Then I had to move my site. And that was a real pain.
Bandwidth is a more complicated issue, and depends upon a plethora of variables. The general formula is
size of webpage x number of visitors x days in a month
Of course, you won’t know the sizes of your pages until you have the site up and running, and the number of visitors will constantly be growing ... so this doesn’t tell you much.
For a basic website, it’s likely that 25 gigabytes will be more than enough. And this seems to be the starting point for many web hosts these days. But make sure that your host will allow you to upgrade your plan if you need more.
There also are a number of other features that you should consider. Read on about other features you should consider.