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What is a Web page?

A Web page is like an interactive electronic billboard that people can access from their computers. It allows the owner of the web page to provide information and/or promote his or her marketing message internationally, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to people who view the web page on their computers. And unlike ordinary print ads, a web site is interactive. The visitor to the site can offer suggestions, place orders, request further information, and access the information he wants with a few keystrokes and mouse clicks. Another advantage over normal print ads is that you can change, add or delete information as often as you wish.

What is Web Hosting?

Web hosting refers to having your web site located on an Internet web servers, which are connected to the "world wide web" 24 hours a day.  (So site visitors can view your information, even when your computer at home is turned off!).  You are responsible for the content, and simply rent the "space" & "bandwidth" on the server, and the tech support for maintaining those servers.

You can either opt for free hosting that is usually supported with banners and pop ups, or may choose paid web hosting, which gives you complete control over your site contents

Web hosting is a service provided by companies with large data centers and direct connections to the Internet backbone. When a company or individual creates a website, the files of the website must be on a server with a direct connection to the Internet, Domain Name Service, and many other technical configurations in order for the site to be accessible on the World Wide Web. It is much more cost-effective to rent server space from a Web Presence Provider than to buy your own server computers, OC3 connections to the Internet backbones, and hire a technical staff to keep the servers running properly.

Look for a company with reliable customer service and a guarantee of their uptime.

A few recommended hosting companies:

HostGator Free setup, 99.9% uptime guarantee, 30 day money back guarantee, Easy control panel: CPanel 5.0, cgi, php, jsp, ssi, ssl, perl, front page extensions, Site statistics, web based e-mail, Auto responders, Mailing Lists, Shopping Cart, phpMyAdmin
LunarPages Setup Fees Money Back Guarantee 99.9% Guaranteed Uptime PHP, ASP, JSP, PERL, CGI, FTP, FrontPage Ext. SSL, SSI
AvidHosting No Setup Fee, True Domain (www.domain.com), Your own IP address, Microsoft® FrontPage, Traffic Stats, Your own cgi-bin, Web-based email access, PHP, POP Email Accounts, Secure Server Access (SSL), MySQL, SSH Access, File Manager, Server Side Includes (SSI), PGP, PGP Mail, Daily Backups

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