I don’t have a computer of my own, so how can I have a web site on the internet?
It’s a common misconception that in order to have a web site on the internet, you need to have your own computer for it to run off. This is not true. The digital files that make up your web site will be hosted on one of our professionally maintained web servers. These servers are attached to the internet via high speed fibre optic cables, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and your site can be viewed from any computer that has internet access.
Other companies offer unlimited data transfer, why don’t you?
The promise of unlimited data transfer is not necessarily as good a deal as it sounds. Depending upon your company’s needs and the function your web site serves, it can be a good or a bad deal. The situation is very similar to the unlimited long distance service offered by telephone companies. Regardless of how much people pay for a long distance call, the telephone company is only capable of processing a certain number of calls at any one time. If they lower their long distance rates and offer unlimited calling packages, more people will make more long distance calls. But, if they don’t increase their service capabilities, they can still only process the same number of calls as before, the only difference being their services will be at maximum utilization and customers will be waiting to place calls.
The same is true of some companies that offer unlimited transfer for one price. The company’s server can only transfer a certain amount of data at any given time regardless of how many sites are on the server and how much data there is to be transferred. Once the server reaches its maximum capacity, additional customers will have to wait their turn while the server processes the necessary requests. At best this can cause unbearably long waiting periods for your clients – at worst you could get an error message saying “The server is too busy, please try again later”.
As a business you cannot afford to be turning away customers, especially if you are paying for service you are not receiving consistently. In addition to having to turn away customers because the server is already operating at maximum capacity, having too many websites and too much data on those sites also reduces the quality of service to those who are currently using the sites. The more data on a server, the slower the downloading and transferring time and in todays fast paced world speed is often associated with greater profits.
Thus, in both situations, increased usage without an increase of service capacity results in decreased service to everyone, regardless of whether or not you subscribe to an unlimited package. So, keep this in mind when choosing a web host. If your site will require large data transfers, then a company offering unlimited transfers will be of value to you and the decreased quality of service will be acceptable given the cost savings. But, if your site will not require large data transfers, and you mainly want fast and reliable service, then you should look for a web host that does not offer unlimited transfer and that can provide you with a guarantee of good service
What are the basic charges for getting a web site?
There are four basic costs in having a web site:
- Purchasing your domain name. This is simply the cost of registering a domain name for your business. This usually ranges between $35 – $50 per year.
- The cost of designing and developing the web site. Professional web designers usually charge by the hour to design your site. The industry standard right now is approximately $60/hr but our rate at New Found Web Solutions is $35/hr. The final cost depends upon what you want on your site. Graphics (pictures and logos) take longer and thus increase the cost of your site design. Again, depending upon your company’s needs, you may or may not need to have many graphics. Alternatively, you could elect to design your own site, which would only cost you some of your spare time. In any case, the cost of designing your web site is a one-time fee.
- The hosting fee. This is the monthly, quarterly or annual fee that you pay to have your web site placed on one of our high speed, professionally managed servers. The cost of hosting is dependant upon how much disk space, and data transfer you need.
- The cost of maintenance. Maintenance refers to making changes to the information on your site, updating, adding new products, etc. Depending upon the purpose of your website, you may need to update daily, weekly, monthly, or not at all. The charges for maintenance are also usually by the hour but generally take much less time than the original design of your site.
What is the difference between Windows and Linux hosting?
The difference between the two is simply the operating system that runs the web server. Windows resembles the popular MS Windows 2000 operating systems that run so many PC’s. However, it is specifically designed to handle the transmission of web data such as web pages, e-mail and other file transfers.
The Unix/Linux as an operating system has been around for quite some time and is believed by many to be the most stable of the operating systems. There are many versions of Linux, but the most common is Red Hat.
In general, each operating system has its own merits. The Linux platform is much cheaper than Windows. In addition, the Linux platform tends to have more free software that can be downloaded from the internet such as PHP and the MYSQL database.
Windows allows for the publication of other Microsoft products such as Word Access, and Excel. Microsoft Access databases can be developed and published on the web in as little as a day. As well they can be updated, with little technical expertise. If you can construct a database in Access, you can publish it on the web. We like the Windows NT platform because it allows rapid development of web applications, and we believe that it is better suited for e-commerce and multimedia development.