A Web hosting service is in the business of keeping your site up on the Web, maintaining it for you and allowing you to select from many of the features that are found on successful sites.
Depending on the services and features provided, costs for such a Web hosting service typically start at around $25 per month. Obviously the more Web space you need, additional features and the more traffic your site is generating, the more the cost will increase.
A Web hosting service typically allows you to:
- Register your own domain name for a modest fee
- Pay for more space as your site grows
- Get email at your site and usually have several email addresses
- Receive viewer statistics, such as how many visitors there are to your site per week or month
When selecting a Web hosting service, look at the fee structures carefully. Typically, companies will charge an initial set up fee, monthly fees plus additional charges for various options. Make sure you know what all the fees will be and how often they will be charged. While most companies charge for updating the site, some offer deals that allow for some free updates. Evaluate and compare services offered. Get recommendations.