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August 13, 2008

Internet Business Service Leader Offers SMBs Must-Have Knowledge and Resources to Choose the Most Fitting and Comprehensive Web Hosting Packages

After taking the time, money and effort to design a Web site that truly represents their company, small and medium sized business owners need to find a Web host to upload the their Web site so it's available to the world year round 24 hours a day. Businesses need to get their Web sites up and running and most importantly, in front of their customers! To fully support this effort, Dotster, Inc., a leading provider of Internet business services, offers the top tips and tools of the trade to finding the best Web hosting packages that fully suit SMB owners' needs and goals.

Although many Web hosting services offer different hosting packages, the basic options are the same among leading providers. Dotster is helping business owners make informed Web hosting decisions based upon their Web site's sophistication, its utility, and most importantly, its "uptime" -- the percentage of time that a site is available to be viewed on the Internet.

Clint Page, CEO at Dotster, Inc., states, "Choosing a Web hosting package may seem like one of the easier steps in establishing an online presence, but often times it becomes quite daunting if all the information isn't clearly stated and explained. Business customers need to establish their Web site goals and choose a company and Web hosting plan that's reliable, fast, and can accommodate their site's growth."

Dotster offers the following expert tips to determine which Web hosting package is best suited for today's complex SMB requirements:

  1. Linux vs. Windows Web Hosting: Most Web hosting plans run either Linux or Windows operating systems. Many hosting users won't notice a significant difference between the two. Linux natively supports many open source applications like the popular blog and content management tools, WordPress and Drupal, which both use the programming language PHP. Windows hosting plans also recently added support for the PHP language so many open source programs also run comfortably in Windows. Windows hosting can be advantageous for some users because it can run programs created in ASP.NET and PHP on the same platform. Both operating systems have proven to be equally reliable, and both platforms will support almost all different types of SMB Web sites. Dotster offers a variety of both Windows-based and Linux-based Web hosting plans.

  2. Bandwidth: In Web hosting terms, bandwidth refers to the amount of Internet traffic or visitors a Web site will allow within a set period of time, usually a month. Different hosting plans carry different bandwidth limits. For most plans, the bandwidth or transfer limit is 500GB (gigabytes) per month. Customers should be aware of how much traffic their Web site receives and plan for unpredictable traffic spikes. As a general rule, it is best to have a generous amount of bandwidth. Dotster offers plans that include up to 2 Terabytes or 2,000 GB bandwidth per month.

  3. Disk Space: The larger the Web site and the more intensive its graphic elements, the more server disk space a Web site requires. A simple Web site might take up 10 MB (megabytes) of space while a sophisticated one might require 20GB or more. Be sure to choose a plan that has enough storage to handle both a current Web site and any likely future expansion. Dotster offers plans that include up to 50GB of disk space which is a generous amount even for the most demanding and ambitious SMB sites.

  4. Virtual Private Server: A Virtual Private Server (VPS), sometimes referred to as a virtual dedicated server, is technology that partitions a Web hosting server into separate virtual containers. Each virtual container runs its own operating system, mail server, Web server, and software. VPS hosting gives users the power and flexibility of a dedicated server at just a fraction of the cost. Many businesses prefer a VPS to a dedicated server not only because of VPS affordability but because of the ease in backing up all their data. A VPS container can be backed up and ported to another VPS with little difficulty. As SMBs learn more about the advantages of VPS hosting, the demand for VPS is expected to overtake the demand for dedicated servers. A VPS is ideal for hosting business Web sites, running a small business or corporate mail system, or even running a series of database-driven online stores.

  5. Email: In addition to their Web site's online store, lead generation, and product information functions, businesses can also use their hosting plans to run their business email. SMBs need to make sure their Web hosting plan, like the many available at Dotster, includes email accounts or provides them for a nominal fee. Look for a hosting plan that offers anywhere from 10 to 150 extra email accounts and includes at least 50MB per mailbox. With extra email accounts, when your business expands, adding additional email accounts for new employees or contract workers will be easy.

  6. Online Tools: Does the Web hosting plan include the ability to easily install popular open source programs like blogs and content management systems? At some point, SMBs may want to set up a blog on their Web site using a program like WordPress. Look for a plan that includes easy one‑click installation of popular open source programs. All Dotster's hosting plans include simple installation of the most popular open source programs.

Small and medium sized businesses can find the perfect Web hosting plan and catalyze their e-commerce dreams by using Dotster's expert Web hosting advice.

About Dotster, Inc.
Dotster is a leading full service provider of essential resources for businesses to get online and grow online. It has helped approximately 1 million businesses and individuals establish their Web presence, build their Web sites and drive revenue. With millions of domain names under management, Dotster is one of the world's largest ICANN-accredited domain registration and Web hosting companies. Dotster is also the trusted provider of 100% reliable domain name services for US federal and state governments. Dotster's mission is to provide the widest range of innovative and easy-to-use Internet solutions and back them with the unprecedented, personalized support that has earned the company superior customer loyalty rates.

Dotster's expansive lineup of intuitive online offerings allows customers to quickly get on the Internet and get started with maximum visibility. Dotster's specialized team of Internet experts understands the online marketplace and the needs of small and medium sized businesses. Dotster offers its customers a complete set of services including the ability to get online with a domain name and email address; build a major Web presence with hosting and a custom Web site; and generate traffic with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and local site promotion. The recent launch of Dotster ConnectSM has provided the first all-in-one social networking solution for businesses of all sizes. For more information, please visit or call (360) 449-5900.