Jump up ^ March 16, 1992 memo from Mariam Leder, NSF Assistant General Counsel to Steven Wolff, Division Director, NSF DNCRI (included at page 128 of Management of NSFNET, a transcript of the March 12, 1992 hearing before the Subcommittee on Science of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session, Hon. Rick Boucher, subcommittee chairman, presiding)
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Additional fees: As with any service offering, there are always fees. We tried to analyze each company's protocol around domain registration fees. Many companies provide a free domain name for an allotted amount of time – generally one year. After this allotted time, you will be charged a yearly fee to keep your domain name registered to your business. If you cancel your services at any point (even during the moneyback guarantee period), many companies will keep a fee for domain registration, even if they offered the domain name to you for free for the first year. It's a good idea to ask the company's sales team about domain fees, set up fees, early cancellation fees and any other additional fees. Again, it's important to have a clear understanding of exactly what you're paying for.
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Next, we took a closer look at the security offered, defined pricing information, analyzed domain fees, considered bandwidth provided, took a look at what pre-installed apps each offering provided, reviewed their online reputation and noted their second-year pricing options. This left us with four best picks for our pre-determined use cases: InMotion Hosting, 1&1 Web Hosting, DreamHost and Bluehost.
The most basic is web page and small-scale file hosting, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a Web interface. The files are usually delivered to the Web "as is" or with minimal processing. Many Internet service providers (ISPs) offer this service free to subscribers. Individuals and organizations may also obtain Web page hosting from alternative service providers.
That's apparent right from the moment you check out their servers. It's possible to outfit them extensively. There's the choice of operating system, hard drive type and size, and RAM, as well as how many IP addresses you require and how much outbound bandwidth should be taken into consideration. That does mean it's a little intimidating for those who are completely new to the dedicated hosting game, but it's worth taking the time to figure out. 
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Another thing to consider is bandwidth and storage constraints. If you're launching a business site and expecting it to grow quickly, you want a package that offers a substantial amount of bandwidth. Oftentimes, storage isn't as big a concern though, unless you're uploading many high resolution images to advertise your products. Don't get enticed by a service that offers more than you could ever possibly need. It might be false economy. 
Right out of the gate, we’re going to make an important decision for you. Unless you’re somehow exploding onto the Internet with a huge interest in your content, we’re going to suggest that you go with a traditional shared account. Now, we have in the past urged our users to go with more solid utilities like a virtual private server or even the more expensive dedicated option. But when you get down to it, the odds of you needing either of those right out of the gate are pretty minimal. Besides, if you’re seriously considering those other two options, you don’t likely need our tips on how to find the best personal hosting. So to sum things up, just go ahead and stick with a shared account for now: You can always upgrade later.
If you require a lot of functionality and versatility from your website, you’ll benefit from programs and applications that can help you build your site. Our Web hosting plans give you access to free, server-side applications that can be used to develop and customize your website, including popular Content Management System (CMS) applications like WordPress® and Joomla!®. You can even add a Dedicated IP if you plan to add an SSL Certificate later.

Many web hosts offer limited features in their starter packages and then expand the offerings (sometimes tremendously) for higher-tier plans. Read the small print to make sure the plan you are selecting offers what you need. If you need a site builder application to design your website, make sure that the low-cost web host you are picking actually comes with a site builder. Many of them require you to pay for the builder as a separate add-on. Website builders usually don't cost a lot of money, but if you can find a web host that includes one for free, that's money in your pocket. And, if it's integrated with your hosting service, you're more likely to have a smooth, supported experience.
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