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Choosing an Internet facilities company can be confusing, and if you are unclear about what you need or about what's on offer, then the task becomes virtually impossible.

We are here to help people who are just starting out - as well as those who are already established on the web - to improve on what they already have, but the following information is aimed at those who are still new to the Internet.

We hope that by explaining things a little we can assist your decision-making.

 
COST-EFFECTIVENESS
More than ever before web site addresses are everywhere and it seems almost everyone has a web site. The reason is that it's the perfect way for anyone, anywhere, to discover information about you, your business, organisation, club or hobby. A website is - or should be - available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it should always be bang up-to-date. Thus, for a business, a web site provides the functions of the business card, flyer and brochure, all at a fraction of the cost of a printed versions.
 
Hosting provides a permanent place on the internet for your web site to exist. A web host's most basic function, therefore, is to provide accessible disk space on a computer which is always connected to the Internet, but there is far more to it than that. Most Internet Service Providers include free web space as part of their access package, but there are severe limitations on what you can do with this, and if you change your ISP for any reason you will, of course, lose that space!
 
NAME & ADDRESS
The ultimate answer, for any organisation or individual serious about a web presence is to buy a domain name. A domain name gives your site flexibility and, above all, credibility. Which site would you trust the most: www.widgets.co.uk or www.jsmith37.freeserve.co.uk/widgets?
 
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The cost of a domain name is very low. Like most firms we charge from just ten pounds for the first year or two, but choosing a suitable and available domain name is becoming increasingly difficult because so many, based on common names and initials, have now been taken. But the task is not impossible and, as always, Astrohosts can help potential customers.
 
EMAIL
If you have a domain name and a web site you will, naturally, wish to receive email too. This is an absolutely critical part of an online presence, and yet it is also the most misunderstood. Astrohosts specialise in the safe handling of email, for both business and domestic users. Click here to find out more
 
WEB SPACE
If your domain name is your web site's address, web space can be thought of as the real estate, the land on which your site is built. The amount of web space you need and the facilities you'll use obviously depend on what type of site you want to build. Web space is measured in Megabytes and a 5Mb site will store roughly five million characters of text.
 

SITE CONTENT

Plain text can be unappealing. Conversely a site with lots of graphics may seem very attractive but without careful design they can slow a site down unnecessarily and detract from its real purpose.
A web site can also offer much more than simple text and graphics, it can contain forms which collect information from visitors. By displaying more pages based on that data your web site can not only be your salesman, it can also be your cashier and banker. Based on your advice, people can buy goods or services from your web site 24 hours a day, seven days a week - even while you sleep!

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