Building Your Ebook Website

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What you want to look for in a host is reliability. Every minute of downtime is a minute you could be selling your ebook. If you get a paid host, do not buy more than you need. In other words, if you dont plan on having hundreds of people a day downloading your ebook, do not pay for extra bandwidth your are not going to use. For a simple and smaller ebook site, two to three gigs of bandwidth a month is plenty. If you ever need more bandwith, you can always upgrade later. Same goes for disk storage. If you only have a couple ebooks, twenty megs of disk space is fine. Remember, there is no such thing as unlimited bandwidth or space. Stay away from these types of deals. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is and you will end up losing money. Also, you may get a better deal if you pay up front for a full year, but that is very risky. Monthly is a much better choice. It will only cost a a few dollars more, and if your host ever does vanish off the face of the earth, you don’t lose as much, if any money. Don’t forget to keep regular backups!

Before you can begin, you will need to pick a host for your website (If you do not have a domain name, now would be a good time to register one, although it is not required). You can either choose free or paid hosting. I recommend paid, as it is much more reliable, faster, and you will not have to put up with any annoying ads. You will need a domain to get paid hosting. You can get them for $8.88 a year at NameCheap. What you want to look for in a host is reliability. Every minute of downtime is a minute you could be selling your ebook. If you get a paid host, do not buy more than you need. In other words, if you dont plan on having hundreds of people a day downloading your ebook, do not pay for extra bandwidth your are not going to use. For a simple and smaller ebook site, two to three gigs of bandwidth a month is plenty. If you ever need more bandwith, you can always upgrade later. Same goes for disk storage. If you only have a couple ebooks, twenty megs of disk space is fine. Remember, there is no such thing as unlimited bandwidth or space. Stay away from these types of deals. If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is and you will end up losing money. Also, you may get a better deal if you pay up front for a full year, but that is very risky. Monthly is a much better choice. It will only cost a a few dollars more, and if your host ever does vanish off the face of the earth, you don’t lose as much, if any money. Don’t forget to keep regular backups!

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