How to pick the right Web host
By Matt Lake
Congratulations! You've made a Web site to be proud of, and it's ready for prime time.
You could put it up on your ISP's servers for the world to see, but somehow, that just doesn't seem good enough. So, you've registered your own domain name, and now it's time to pick a hosting service.
But where do you start? If you begin by checking the listings and ads, you'll see services with monthly fees ranging from $3.95 to $395. Some hosting companies even offer to host your site for free, but you'll have to let them slap ads on your page. Are the high prices a rip-off? Are the low prices a scam? If you're going to navigate the maze of Web hosting, you need to know the answers to all of these questions. We tackle the most important ones.
What kind of site do you have--or want?
Are you a high roller or a first-timer? Find your profile.
What should you look for in a host?
Do you know how much space you need or if you should have statistic-gathering tools? Find out here.
How do you narrow down your hosting options?
Check out our guide to getting the right features at the right price.
Quiz: Find your perfect hosting match
Take our quiz to discover which host suits your site.
Help me find the right Web host! CNET Software contributing editor Matt Lake has recently helped two libraries, a school, a church, and a fistful of small businesses establish their Web sites. When he's not directly contributing to the overpopulation of the Web, he edits RegSelect, a domain buyer's guide. Send him your comments.