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Is Free/Cheap Website Hosting Better?

You Get What You Pay ForYou Get What You Pay ForThe age old saying of "You get what you pay for" always stands true, especially when it comes to hosting company and design costs. There is no such thing as "FREE HOSTING"! you will pay for it in the end, and I will explain why!

Website hosting is a multi-million rand industry, and giving away hosting is not lucrative to any company. The only reasons that a hosting, or website design company would give you free hosting would be under the following conditions:

  1. The hosting company company has inflated it's prices to lure you in by giving you free hosting.
  2. The hosting company company gives you free hosting, but you will need to add banners to your website.
  3. The hosting company will offer x amount of months for free, if you sign a long term contract, or if you pay up front for 1 or 2 years.

The reason these companies give away free hosting, or charge very low costs for hosting your website, is solely because the advertising that goes on your website is where they turn a profit, and also the servers that your website will be hosted on will be highly overpopulated!

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What Exactly Is Virtual Web Hosting?

ecommerce websitee-Commerce WebsiteSo you have decided that you want to start a website, or even an e-commerce site. You have managed the site design, and have even purchased a domain name, but now what? You will never get any visitors to your site if it isn’t accessible via the web.

The only way to do that is by using a server. The server will maintain a permanent connection with the web and on the server will be stored all the information about your website. In effect, users will come onto the server access your website and then when they decide to move to another website they will access information from another server. So, the real question is, what type of server do you need?

For all individual users and most small e-commerce users, virtual web hosting is the way to go. The other option, having a dedicated server, means that you will actually go out and purchase a big and very expensive piece of hardware that will be used for your website alone. Virtual web hosting is, essentially, renting a small piece of someone else’s server. Virtual web hosting which is also called shared hosting, because it usually means many different sites are all located on a single server, and is vastly more economical than owning and maintaining your own server. But beyond just economics, there are a great number of reasons to use virtual web hosting rather than dedicated hosting.

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What is ASP Hosting?

ASP Hosting ProviderASP Hosting ProviderASP hosting is a server-side scripting environment that uses the Active Server Pages (ASP) technology. It is designed for dynamic web pages and applications, offering a vast array of functionalities for web developers. ASP hosting is normally hosted on a Windows server, typically an NT server, and can be fully integrated into an Internet Information Server (IIS) or PWS. The concept of ASP is the same as scripts such as Java Server Pages (JSP) and CGI, that enables web pages to work with databases and programs in the web server. An ASP web page is easily identifiable with the .asp extension on the URL.

ASP hosting works in a similar way as other server-side scripting technologies. When your web browser sends its request to the web server, the web server will call ASP, which would process the requested file. It would run any script commands, and in turn sends the requested web page back to the web browser. Hence, it is the server who runs all the requests, and sends the requested HTML pages back to the browser.

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What is Coldfusion Hosting?

cold fusion hostingCold Fusion HostingColdFusion hosting is a server-side scripting language which is similar to PHP or ASP. A product of Macromedia, it is considered as a complete web application server, for not only basic hosting, but extends to developing and delivering scaleable e-commerce applications, especially for business websites. Mostly, ColdFusion is utilized in small and large businesses, and also for some advanced personal uses. It is due to the fact that in a short space of time, users will be able to create robust Web applications, coupled with advanced data integration.

Since it is a server-side technology, ColdFusion hosting works by having a web server to process and deliver web applications, rather than just plain web pages. The language used is called ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML), which includes tags for querying databases, outputting text and interacting with different web services. The language uses tags and attributes, similar to XHTML, for the codes that interact with the website, and its back-end functions. CFML is relatively much simpler than languages like C++. However, a strong understanding in HTML coding, and relational database design, is still very important.

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Outgoing SMTP Settings

email settingsemail SettingsYour Outgoing (SMTP) Server is used for sending emails. Your internet service provider (ISP) will supply you with the server name.

Here is a list of the most common Outgoing servers

  • For Telkom ADSL, outgoing server is or
  • For Telkom Analogue Dial Up, use or
  • For 8TA (Eita), the outgoing server is
  • For MWEB ADSL, outgoing server is or
  • For Vodacom 3G, outgoing server is
  • For MTN 3G, the outgoing server is
  • For Cell C the outgoing server is
  • For Iburst, outgoing server is
  • For I.S. ADSL the outgoing server is
  • For I.S. 3G the outgoing server is smtp.isgsm.netor
  • For goggaconnect outgoing server is
  • For Neotel, outgoing server is
  • For ABSA, outgoing server is or
  • For @lantic (ADSL,Dialup, ISDN) :
  • For NetActive (ADSL,Dialup, ISDN) :
  • For Polka (ADSL,Dialup, ISDN) :
  • For Web Africa (ADSL,Dialup, ISDN) :
  • For Cybersmart : or
  • For Nokia/OVI : or

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