WEB HOSTING

What is Web Hosting?

Simply put, web hosting is where all of the files that make up your entire website are placed onto a computer server where others can find your website's location by typing in your web address into the URL address bar. Once they type in your web address from their computer, the internet finds the location of your site and the server sends the requested main home page of your site to the person's computer who requested it.

The web server computers are hooked up to the internet 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and have very large hard drives or an array of hard drives that have enough space on them to host enormous amounts of websites with all of their data. They are always on, ready to serve the requests of customers just waiting to get pages from your website. These computers, called servers, are assigned IP numbers in order that they may be found by other computers hooked up to the internet.

Every server on the Internet has a unique numerical IP (Internet Protocol) address. You can think of servers as apartment buildings with unique addresses. Each apartment unit within each building is equivocal to space rented out for individual websites. And like real apartment buildings, each unit also has an address based on "the building" in which it is located.

A customer that wants their website hosted will rent this space from the company that owns the server. There are many different hosting packages to choose from that fits your particular hosting needs. Another consideration is that free service that FireStorm Communications allocates to your website address as an extension of the our server's address. For example: www.firestormcommunications.com/yourwebsite. If you want an address like: www.yourwebsite.com, you will have to pay to register your own domain name.

Web servers have many applications and software technology to process all of the requests your website might require. Some of these technologies and software might include php, mysql, password protection, shopping cart software, and a myriad of others.

Select Your Plan

Not sure which web hosting plan is right for you? Take a minute to compare the features.

Still not sure? Go with the Pro Plan, it has everything you'll need to get started, and you can always move into the Ready Site or Site & Store plan later.

Ready Site Pro Plan Site & Store
CORE FEATURES
Web Space 5 GB Unlimited 2,000 GB
Monthly Transfer Volume 250 GB Unlimited Unlimited
Domain Name $12.99/yr. 1 Free 1 Free
Domains Allowed 1 Unlimited Unlimited
MySQL Databases 1 25 Unlimited
Site Creation Web Site Creator Supports most Web Building tools/code Supports most Web Building tools/code
WEB SITE MANAGEMENT
FTP Account  
FrontPage 2000/2002 Extensions  
File Manager  
FTP Manager  
Web Site Creator Version (View Features) Standard Standard Premium
   Max. Web Site Creator Pages 9 9 Unlimited
   Web Site Creator Design Templates 100 100 220
STORE & SHOPPING CART
ShopSite Shopping Cart Version Starter Plus
   ShopSite Product Limit 15 50
   ShopSite Page Limit 5 25
   Customized Store & Cart Templates  
   Shipping Capabilities  
   Put Products "On Sale"  
   Up-sell/Cross-Sell Products  
   Store Search Functionality  
   Bulk Upload and Editing tools  
   HTML-Formatted/Custom Receipts  
   Order Download into QuickBooks  
OS Commerce Shopping Cart
Agora Shopping Cart
PayPal Shopping Cart Integration
E-MAIL FEATURES
POP3 E-mail Accounts 1 2500 Unlimited
Forwarding Accounts & Auto Responder
Spam E-mail Filtering
Browser-based E-mail (WebMail)
SOFTWARE AND SCRIPTS
CGI-BIN + PHP 4 & 5 Support
PERL Support
Server Side Includes
Web-site Backup Software  
Web Hosting Control Panel
WEB STATISTICS
Graphical Web Statistic Program
Access Logs
Error Logs
EASY-TO-INSTALL ADD-ONS AND APPLICATIONS
Guest Book: GBook  
Message Forums: phpBB
Blogs: WordPress  
Online Chat: X7 Chat
ADVANCED SETTINGS
Custom Error Pages
URL Redirect Service
MIME Types
WORLD CLASS TECHNOLOGY
High Performance Servers
Multiple Backups for Reliability
NetApp, Cisco and IBM Equiptment
24/7 Network Monitoring
MARKETING & PROMOTION
$25 Yahoo! Search Marketing Credit
$75 Google AdWords Credit
Google Webmaster Tools
RatePoint Customer Feedback Platform  
New! Carbonite Online Backup
New! SubmitNet  
New! Community Directory
MARKETING TUTORIALS
Getting Started with Marketing
The Primer for Design
How to Issue Press Releases
How to Get Listed in Search Engines
Ready Site Pro Site Site & Store
PRICING
3-Month Price $6.95/mo
+ $10 Setup
$9.95/mo
+ $30 Setup
16.95/mo
+ $30 Setup
6-Month Price $5.95/mo
+ $10 Setup
$8.95/mo
+ $30 Setup
15.95/mo
+ $30 Setup
12-Month Price $4.95/mo
+ $10 Setup
$7.95/mo
+ FREE Setup
+ FREE Domain
14.95/mo
+ FREE Setup
+ FREE Domain
24-Month Price $3.95/mo
+ FREE Setup
$7.95/mo
+ FREE Setup
+ FREE Domain
13.95/mo
+ FREE Setup
+ FREE Domain
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