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Hosting and hosts:

Having been on the internet for over seven years I have certainly gone through my share of bad hosts.

I certainly do not go along with the crowd when it comes to hosts, particularly when it comes to hosting auction pictures.

Free hosting:
If you're on the internet, in all probability you already have access to free web space.  Many ISP's (internet service provider) provide their users with free web space on their servers.  Some may call it your FTP space, FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. FTP is merely a program that transfers files or folders to your web space. Contact your ISP, they will give you your FTP username and password. In many cases you will have to use an FTP program to upload your files, don't panic there are many free FTP programs and once you get the hang of using an FTP client you will never go back to uploading files one by one.

Many free hosts will not let you host your ebay auction picture on their servers, so READ there terms of service before uploading and linking your pictures.  I don't endorse any of the free hosts, I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for.

Paid Hosting:
This is where I differ from most people.  I don't use picture hosting services, I use full featured web hosts.  Why you might ask, picture hosts do nothing more than serve pictures to auction sites such as ebay.  As a picture server the load on their servers can be extreme, to the point of not serving your picture at times.

Web site hosts are generally serving small websites to internet viewers, much less demand on the server.

How do I select a paid host:
This can be a daunting task, there are thousands of hosts out there, all very eager to tell you anything in order to sign you up.  There is no such thing as an honest review of hosts.  The reviews you read are merely an endorsement for one of their paying advertisers.   So how do I know who to chose? 

This is my process for choosing a good host.
1) If they offer unlimited anything, run as fast as you can, nothing is unlimited.

2) Do they have a discussion forum, this will give you a good sense of customer satisfaction.  Are there technical people representing the host answering posts, there should be.  Hangout at their board for a few days to see what is going on.  Go back in the board postings and check how they handle problems.  For me, no forum, no host.

3) Do they have support, live help is offered by many hosts but generally a ticket system is used.  If you have a problem you initiate a trouble ticket explaining your problem, they should get back to you within 12 hours max.  Email some questions to the host see how long it takes them to get back to you.

3) Cost, many people base their choice on cost, in my opinion that is the worst way to chose a host.  If your $2 a month bargain can't serve your auction pictures 50% of the time what kind of bargain is that.  Costs for a good host should range from about $5-$10 a month. The host that this web site is on costs $5.25 a month (600 meg. of space, 12 gig of transfer).

4) Proof of performance.  A good host will prove their server performance, not make silly boosts like "99% up time guaranteed".  Make them prove it.  Most hosts monitor their servers, they know exactly what their up time is.  Weather or not they make it public is another story. To see the actual up time for the server that this web site is on Click here.  As you can see the up time is usually at 99.6% or better.

Well, that's how I choose my hosts.  Currently I have 3 hosts, the above method is how I made my choices, it is time consuming but well worth the effort.

But you didn't recommend a host, I know :-)

That's your choice to make.


 


 
 

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