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Starting an Online Business All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition by Joel Elad, Shannon Belew

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Chapter 4

Finding the Host with the Most

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Scoping out the difference between an ISP and a host

check Understanding the different types of hosting

check Breaking down the pros and cons of various hosts

check Reading the legal fine print

check Deciding whether you’re ready to be your own host

One of the many decisions you make when you’re starting a website is where to host it. You might be wondering what a host does and why you even need one. A host site provides a place (a server) for your website and all the files that make up your site to reside. That host provides an address so that others can access it by using the Internet.

In this chapter, you discover the differences between a host and an Internet service provider, the different types of hosts and what they have to offer, legal agreements, and the decisions you make about becoming your own host.

Differentiating between an ISP and a Host

Try not to confuse a host with an Internet service provider. You need both! Allow us to explain ...

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