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What you have to know
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Bad titles, low traffic
Free meta tags
Speaking in tongues
Slow pages equal more traffic
Free and Easy
Yahoo for free
Master of your own domain?
Spiders cannot fill in forms
Good and bad doorways
Order the engines around
Do you use frames?
Are you a magnet?
Visitors by default
Lasso your lost visitors
$100 = 10,000 visitors
Others work - you earn
Ads - Don't click here?
Invite the competitors over
E-mails and warnings
Infectious or immunized?
All the best submission tools
100s of search engines
The "must have" web tools
Free for all sites
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Web kiosks for the poor
Online Price Mistakes
Thesaurus Ranking
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ALTered Images
Renaming your Images
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Invasion of the Amazons
Advertising v. PR
Will content be profitable?
Responding to spam
What is spam?
Pay for position
Web host tips
Webmaster beauty
Bad web design: Animation
CGI: What the heck is that?
Long live banners
Great press releases
E-mail Sigs - 7 Key Items
Ad tips for affiliate marketing
I want to keep my frames
Creating Doorway Pages
Measuring Link Popularity
Domains and hyphens
Why have a domain name

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What is Bullying?
Stress in Teaching
Online Education

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You're an Idiot!
Slave Caster of Freedom
Out of the mouths of babes
The Right to Life?
The Nostradamus Hoaxes
Explaining terrorism to a child
Internet 2 a scam?
Break a Rule, Bad Girl
Britannica near extinction?
The 1st time I really lied
Nigerian Scam Letters
Singular turns plural
English Writing
In debt?
The Secret Shopper
Too busy at work?
Bullying... Our Stories
Start to live your dreams
Recognize your potential
Stop worrying, please!
Public speaking
Elegant resumes
In praise of black sheep
Ritalin - Straight-jacketing?

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Web Host Tips

By Guest Writer Richard Lowe, Jr.

Looking for a place to host your web site? Here are some common sense and not-so-common sense tips to help you walk through the mine field.

You get what you pay for - In other words, don't expect a free hosting service to do anything special for you. I strongly recommend that any serious webmaster purchase his web space as that is the only way to get reliable, fast hosting and good customer service. Remember, free hosts usually make their money from advertising, which means that you, the webmaster are not the customer.

By the way, just because you pay for web hosting does not mean you have to give away the farm. Companies such as Addr.com and Bizland.com offer inexpensive solutions for under $10 (UKú7) to $25 (UKú17) a month.

Always keep a backup of your site - No matter what a hosting company claims, never ever depend upon them for backups. Keep your own backups of your site on your own hard drive. This way you are prepared for any kind of disaster that befalls your hosting company. In addition, it is impossible for your site to be held hostage by a suddenly hostile hosting company.

Get quality, not inexpensive - Look, you can purchase quality web space for very low prices. Just make sure that you get what you need for the money that you spend. Look at reliability, performance and customer service, as well as features that you might need such as CGI and htaccess. Price is important, but in my opinion the amounts are low enough (less than a good dinner in most cases) that it's simply not that critical. How hard do you have to think about spending $14.95 (UKú10) from addr.com for their gold package?

What I have done in the past is purchase a single month of hosting, which I then monitor (before it is live) constantly (using a special service [Ed. note: I use Internetseer.com]). This allows me to determine, before I buy a longer term contract, if the host is stable and performs well.

Don't put up with poor service - There are many hosting companies all over the internet. If service deteriorates, then by all means find a new host. Don't waste a lot of time trying to fix the old host's problems. Chances are they are not going to get any better.

Always use your own domain name - Make sure you own your own domain and don't use the host's web site addresses. This way if you need to move to another host later on all you have to do is move the domain name to the new location.

Make sure you control your domain - Some hosts will set themselves as the domain administrator, which effectively ties you down to their services. My recommendation is to either purchase the domains yourself directly from one of the domain registrar's, or make sure the host registers it in your name.

Do your research - Spend a little time checking out a web host before you lay down your dollars or spend a lot of time. You can use the search engines and you can also search newsgroups at dejanews.com.

Save your documentation - Keep all emails and hard copy letters in a safe place. You may need these later if things go bad. This can be critical if your new host incorrectly bills your account, deletes your files or has other problems.

Don't get involved in unethical activities such as spamming - Hosts do not look favorably upon spam because they may face legal challenges. Don't spam. Also, be sure all of your mailing lists are double opt-in (when a visitor signs up for your mailing list you send an email back to him which he must respond to before he will be added) and keep detailed records of additions and subtractions.

Read and understand the terms and conditions - Read the Terms of Service and do not violate the requirements.

Always pay your host by credit card (do not use checks, money orders or debit cards) - You have far more options in case of disputes with credit cards than any other payment methods.

Don't believe claims that sound "too good to be true" - A common claim is unlimited bandwidth [traffic]. Don't believe this, as it is not true. I have heard many horror stories about webmasters who suddenly found their sites deleted because their bandwidth was too high for the host to handle. [Ed. note - This has happened to ed-u.com's sister site Highstreetcentral.com twice, even though the second host reassured me that the traffic was no problem. Ask your host what the ACTUAL bandwidth limit is, and, if they cannot give you an answer, then you are probably better off looking elsewhere. - Robert Brady.]

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