There are literally thousands of companies ready to host your website on short notice and at prices ranging from "free" to thousands of dollars a month.
Where Should my Website be Hosted
First you need to determine what TYPE of hosting is required to best reach your audience.
HOSTING AS A SUBDOMAIN ON A SHARED SERVER
Provided as a members-only service, ISPs often host your website for free. Unfortuantley such a websites usually include the name of your ISP such as members.aol.com/rlayton/ (no longer in operation). These free sites offer a great opportunity for hobby and personal wbsites but are not taken seriously by the business community and are not indexed by search engines. Another downside is that anything given for free can be taken away.
DOMAIN HOSTING ON SHARED SERVER
Multiple websites are often hosted on a single server. This shared server environment is transparent to you and your customers. Most websites managed by RDN Associates are hosted on shared servers. Shared server hosting packages usually offer just about every feature and function needed for your website without tacking on additional charges case-by-case (e.g. website traffic statistics, domain-based E-mail, CGI-BIN, PHP and MySQL support, etc.). Here are some companies providing shared server hosting.
DOMAIN HOSTING ON A DEDICATED SERVER
Dedicated server means that your website is the only website on a server.
Several factors will influence your decision to host your website on a dedicated server.
HOSTING YOUR WEBSITE YOURSELF
If you have a spare computer and the interest & expertise to set it up as a web server in your own office, garage or basement, you can eliminate hosting charges while avoiding arbitrary size, volume or content restrictions imposed on by a hosting company.
But FREE always has a price...and being totally ON YOUR OWN is one of them. No tech support, no automatic upgrades, server redundancy, no data recovery. And, how just how much is your time worth?