Personal Web Site Hosting
In the last few years web site hosting services became very cheap. There are many companies offering personal web site hosting for free and with some extra few dollars per month you can have the required services to keep the personal page of a VIP. The most common personal pages are the blogs. The word blog is the short for the web log and represents a kind of journey where you can post everyday a new article. Blogs became very popular and almost every person who has access to internet has a blog.
Requirements for a Personal Page
Usually, personal web site hosting services include access to thousands of templates and images. Most of the personal pages don not require database access or scripting languages and the prices for a hosting account vary between zero and four dollars per month. Many of the big web hosting companies, including the major search engines offers hosting for free for personal pages. The features include statistics of daily and monthly visitors, the possibility to publish automatically articles from others sites through RSS, scripts for content management and many others.
Optionally, you can add a guestbook. If the personal web site hosting service does not include a guestbook, you can configure a free guestbook from other site. The guestbook is a very important feature of any personal web site, because you can read the suggestion left by the visitors. Another important feature for a personal web page is the photo gallery. Almost all of the personal web site hosting providers offer free scripts to store and organize photo albums. If your provider does not offer such a script, you may easily find one on internet.
At least one e-mail account should be included in your personal web site hosting package. If you spend money to buy a domain name that contains your name, probably you would like to have a personalized e-mail address. The disk space required by a personal web site depends on the size of your site and photo gallery, but usually it is less than 500 MB. The required monthly bandwidth depends on the number of visitors that access your site every month. If your site receives at least 1000 visitors every month and you have many photos and pages made with Macromedia Flash, then your personal web site hosting account should include 10 GB of monthly bandwidth.
Uploading and Configuring a Personal Page
Many web-hosting providers offer ready to run web pages. You only have to choose the colors for the design and to write a few words about you. The whole process takes up to 10 minutes and you do not have to learn anything about web hosting. If you are not a VIP, this is the best way to create a nice personal web page.