Few things you need to remember:
Domain Name = website name (http://www.360Texas.com) Usually you buy a domain name for a period of time like 1 year or up to 10 years.
Hosting Service = A company who maintains your Domain Name and provides your website server space. Like 250 Megabyte of physical hard drive space. Usually you buy ISP service for a period of time like 1,2,3,4,5 years.
Bandwidth: = the volume of internet browsing people looking at your website. If you have 100 panoramas and each panorama is 1 mb. One visitor might download and look at all your 100 panorama's and your Bandwidth meter will show your bandwidth consumption is 100 mb. Kind of like your monthly water bill. Bandwidth is usually measured for a month, and then starts over again at the beginning of the month. Some hosting companies have unlimited bandwidth, other have 250 GIGabyte limits. What happens if you go over your monthly limit? You are usually charged a segment volume charge like in blocks of 100mb over.
Changing hosting Internet Service Provders usually only involves selecting another ISP then relocating your existing Domain Name to the new company. The Domain Name gets moved to the new company after a couple of days. During the transfer your webiste will be down.. and you client or anyone else won't be able to see your website domain name. Whats going on during the transfer? Usually website domain name is being re-registered called propagated or copied to the several world wide domain name servers.
BUT if you operate a business, these expenses are usually prorated distributed expenses you recover through charges to your client. IF you do not charge your client, then these fixed expenses are "a cost of doing business" and may be accounted for on your annual federal business income tax. If you charge your clients for hosting their content.. that is income revenue. For which you then must also declare your hositing and domain name as expenses on your income tax.
I am not a tax accountant or lawyer, but in 3 short months we celebrate 10 years in this virtural tour business http://360texas.com
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