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Believe it or not, where you host your web business can have a significant impact on the response from your customers. One of the hardest things to do with a web based business is to convince your customers to trust you. If they don't trust you, they don't buy from you.

There are any number of free hosting services, probably including your own Internet Service Provider. The main problem with using one one of the free providers is that it takes away from the professionalism and therefore the credibility of your business. Experienced web surfers look at the URL of the websites they visit - after all, it's the first thing displayed on the top of their browser and the only thing to read while they wait for your home page to load.

A free service is a good place to start if you're just "testing the waters" of the web, but plan on buying your own domain name and moving to a paid host soon. You will never gain the trust of many potential customers if you show your own doubt in your business by not committing to those two things.

Regardless of which type you start with, you will need to spend some time "comparison shopping." Read the policies of each to find the best to suit your needs. Pricing and policies can change so much it would be pointless of me to include them here - the info would be out of date in a week.

If you plan to design your web pages using FrontPage2000, you will probably want to be hosted on an NT server as opposed to a UNIX server. If your business is going to require you to have multiple mailing addresses or use CGI scripting, you will need to take that into consideration and be sure those features are offered. Do they offer a Shopping Cart program if you need it? Some free hosts do not allow certain types of commercial sites and others put an obnoxious pop-up banner on your home page with your competitor's advertising on it.

In other words, plan on spending a few hours reading about hosting and start a notebook with a list of what you need, what is offered by each, and how much they cost.

Here are a few to get you started.

Free Web Site Hosting:

MySiteInc will pay you $20 for each person you refer to them for a free website, that later upgrades to a paid site.







Paid Hosting:
The most reliable host I have found - the one with the
least amount of downtime is Host4Profit:





Another alternative:

Another way to have your domain hosted on a paid host for free is to become an affiliate of a paid host and send them customers. You will receive a monthly commission for each new account, and eventually make enough to pay for your own site and possibly more besides.

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