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• 1000 MB storage space on the Web to store all the materials you upload for your website • 50 different email addressesso that you can assign individual addressesto different departments such as sales, accounting and customer support • One SQLdatabasewith up to 10 MB storage to store your product or customer details
Professional Web Hosting • With the professional package, you get double Web storage space(2000 MB) and email addresses(100) • Databasestorage goes up five times to 50 MB that you can use to store contact and follow up details of prospective customers, for example • You also get 2 sub domains under your main domain, which can expand your marketing options Developer Web Hosting • You get 3000 MB Web storage spaceand 200 email addresses • Instead of a single database,you get two under this package each with 50 MB storage space • You also get five sub domains BusinessWeb Hosting • With 5000 MB Web storage, 500 email addressesand five separate databasesof 100 MB each, you can store a great deal of businessinformation on the Web • More significantly, you get Secure Socket Layer (SSL)processing capabilities to accept order and credit card details in a secure, encrypted environment to create confidence in the minds of your customers that the details they provide will not be seen by third parties All these website hosting packagesfrom your web hosting company tend to come with unlimited bandwidth, meaning that you can upload and download and unlimited quantity of data, 24/7 technical support (UK based) and scripting language support for both Linux and Windows.