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Faster downloads and searching for the perfect host

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AJ+.COLUMN

As a surfer you can apparently speed up downloads by unchecking Internet Explorer's 'automatically detect settings'. My subjective impression is that it certainly seemed to do the business. You do this via the IE tool bar tools: internet options: connections:

LAN settings. Make sure there is no tick in the box in front of 'automatically detect settings' in the LAN settings screen. My source for this and the next item is the ever-terrific Langa list at www. langa. com/.

A reader has e-mailed with a distressing account of how their ISP suddenly went toes up and the grim reapers, sorry receivers, sent a letter announcing the decapitation of the agonisingly developed website. The obvious thing was to find another ISP. It can happen to anyone so maybe you should think now about establishing your own ISP-independent name such as Azarchitect. com. When your host goes bust or raises the rent you simply move on to another host without your flock of surfers being any the wiser.

The first thing to do is to make a web search forhosting services or maybeweb presence provider to find hosts.The second thing to do is read the Fred Langa pieces at http: //content. techweb.

com/winmag/library/1997/1101/ analy025. htm and http: //content. tech web. com/winmag/specreps/feats/2000/ webhosting/default. htm, both of which give good advice about establishing a name and offer tips for choosing good hosts. There is no reason why your host should not be in New Zealand or Lapland - nobody is going to know.

It should have occurred to me before now but the download speed of websites is partly dependent on the hosting site.So it is all but impossible to know how to choose the right site, but there is a well-researched article about checking speeds at www. netbiz coach. com/public/how_to/ find_host/ test. htm for which I am indebted to Poor Richard's website news at www.PoorRichard. com/.

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