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What are the top 5 UK web domain hosting companies for me to publish my website with?
is that most people will not have heard of most of the good 'professional' hosting companies. I host all my clients' sites with
simply because they do web hosting and nothing else. They specialise, and host mainly commercial sites although they will, like all good hosting companies, provide an individual service to private clients as well. They are also in the business of providing leased line and ADSL Internet access - again aimed mainly at the business sector.
A great deal depends on the type of site you're running, if it's a personal website with fairly low traffic figures you don't want to pay the type of hosting charges that a specialist web host might ask. To be honest, there are hundreds of companies out there, and there's no real way of knowing which ones are good, other than talking to them and getting feel for their service levels - or by getting a recommendation from someone who has had a good experience.
When talking to hosts you'll want to know:-
What the monthly transfer limit is (expect to be told it's 1Gb a month on a basic package)and how much they charge per Mb if you exceed the limit.
Are FrontPage extensions installed on the server, and if they aren't, how much will they charge if you decide to run a FrontPage site?
Are server stats available as standard, or are they an extra charge?
What is the server up-time percentage (look for 98% - not less).
If there's nobody who can talk to you about these matters my advice is to be very cautious.
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