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of my "job" for bigskyfishing.com is to go fishing
and rafting on Montana's rivers. This picture is from my raft
on McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park.
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Once you've created your web site and put in all the content, the next step, of course, is to get your home based Internet business online so other people can see it. You do this by uploading all the files that were created in developing your web site to a web host, or a web hosting company. The choice you make in selecting the right web hosting company is crucial to the long-term development of your web site, so shop carefully. Also, keep in mind that if you use the Site Build It program, hosting is already provided...so you don't have to worry about this.
I spent literally days scouring the web, looking into various web hosting companies. Many of these companies were good, a handful were not. While doing this, I learned a couple of things that should help you narrow you search down for a good web host.
Want a Hosting Recommendation?
Sorry...I'm not going to specifically suggest one. The reason? I've only had good luck with two hosts in the past...Host My Site and Midphase. Both these companies have given me excellent support, are competitively priced and have 24 hour support and have plans that start at 8 dollars or so a month. I've also suggested these two hosts to friends, and they've never had complaints (I think Host My Site is the best of the two, by the way).
BUT...I can't entirely recommend them because they don't provide a "few things" I need for my own sites, such as full cPanel or a sophisticated web analytics program or multiple databases. If you can live without these feautures (which most can, especially when starting out), either of these hosts are as good as any and better than most. But I'm a computer geek...which is why Big Sky Fishing.Com is hosted on a Virtual Private Server (which costs me 80 bucks per month) using JVDS.Com. I also needed the bandwidth and, in particular, the storage space.
If you do a search online for web hosts, you'll find tons of "reviews" about web hosts. Cough...well, one thing you'll notice is that all the best reviewed hosts tend to be the same from review site to review site. The reason? Those hosts pay a bounty (a large one) for each new sign-up.
Some of those hosts might be good....but I've never used them (except for one that I'll NEVER recommend). Thus, I won't comment on them. But when doing a search for web hosts, always be "wary" when you see the same hosts plugged from site to site.
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