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    Talking New Site Owner... trying to find a good host:-)

    Hello, I am new here and would like some guidance. I am going to buy a domain name through godaddy probably.... my site is going to be adult content, its going to be a blog site about a adult MMO game.... its a affiliate program were I will receive money when people sign up or download, etc.

    So I want to find a host that allows adult content but I have no idea where to start there are so many sites and I don't want to spend too much money.

    Free would be best but I don't see that happening since the site will have adult content. I plan to have a lot of viewers but I have no idea how much bandwidth I would need. For instance how many viewers does 50gb allow??

    As far as diskspace I don't think I need that much.... I will have banners on each page but most of those will be hosted from the owners domain and I will have a screen shot page(20pics.) Is diskspace used for anything else?

    Sorry I am not sure how all this stuff works quite yet...

    Thanks for all the help! Please let me know if you need anymore info.

    *EDIT* I've been looking at godaddy hosting for $7.99:
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    I am not sure if this is good but I might go with it unless I can find something better for the same price.
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    First and foremost, welcome to WHT!

    I can definitely understand the overwhelming amount of choices available when it comes to a hosting provider, and in your case, a hosting provider that will allow adult content.

    I would first compile a list of hosting providers that you are interested in having your website hosted at. A good place to start would be in the 'Web Hosting Offers' section of this forum.

    Once you have developed a list, I would explore the question if the provider prohibits adult content. The companies that remain on your list, feel free to contact them directly and ask them questions about the service. Also, feel free to use the search feature to find reviews on the hosting provider that are in consideration.

    As for your disk space and bandwidth concerns, pick a plan that you feel will be good for your website, with the ability to upgrade those two features. In most cases, you'll probably be fine with what is being offer, but it never hurts to have the option to upgrade, if you find yourself in need of more resources.

    I hope this was of help to you and definitely good luck on your search!
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    Thanks so much. What are your thoughts on godaddy? I'm sure 150gb storage is more than enough space. I have no idea what the mySQL thing is. Unlimited bandwidth is nice. I've heard some good things about gatorhost... or something like that can't remember the name exactly. I was gonna use 000 webhost.com(dunno why it censored it lol) and pay $5 but it took me to hosting24.com and there was a lot of mixed reviews.... most of the features I see I don't really know what they mean. I just need bandwidth and some space. Nothing fancy. :-)

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    When a providers name is censored *** then it is usually not a good thing, could be for number of reasons from fake reviews to spamming.

    Personally, if you are looking for good quality connections you may want to look outside from GoDaddy, do you really need 150GB diskspace?
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    Ohhh I see. I can take it off if I need to. No, I don't think I do, so far though all the prices I've found are around $7-$8 unless I pay for 12months or more. It would be awesome to find free hosting but I know that's unlikely with the adult content.

    I've heard good things about hostgator... I'm still looking around. I also want to make sure the site is 100% safe to put all my information on.

    -- Is godaddy even the best place to buy a domain?

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    Thanks. I checked at godaddy it would be like $2 for the domain, $7 a year for the protected domain name and $8 for the hosting.

    1. Cool, but I checked and they don't allow adult content even if you pay.
    2. What site is this for?
    3. Heard of them before... they said I can have adult content just has to comply with TX, FL and federal law.
    4. Checked them already:-) $7.99:
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    You are only allowed to host legal adult contents on Godaddy.
    If you are sure your contents are legal and comply with the US law then you can buy godaddy hosting and have your website running

    Or if you are unsure, check the web Hosting Offers here in the WHT and find some good providers ( PM them asking about the adult contents they allow or not)

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    I'm not sure if GoDaddy allows adult content, but HostGator does allow adult content.

    I would also recommend checking the truth about unlimited bandwidth - http://www.findmyhosting.com/the-tru...ted-bandwidth/
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    Oh, I would figure they would since everyone uses them and their racy commercials haha... I am trying to find out now....

    About the bandwidth... well that sucks. How much should I get then?

    Is it the hosting or domain that shows you how much bandwidth you use and what not? I want to make sure I can keep track of all that stuff.

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    I would highly recommend that you take time and search this forum for reviews about GoDaddy and other hosting providers before deciding to go with any of them.

    Bandwidth depends on 2 factors: file size and traffic.

    You can start with unlimited hosting provider and see how much bandwidth you will be using. Make sure to review the company's terms of service about adult content and resource usage limitations.

    Once you start your website and start receiving traffic, you will be able to monitor your bandwidth in your hosting control panel, cPanel.
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    I am searching. :-) Sadly all the godaddy hosting plans say unlimited bandwidth... same with hostgator.

    Humm... looking around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missakara View Post
    I am searching. :-) Sadly all the godaddy hosting plans say unlimited bandwidth... same with hostgator.

    Humm... looking around.
    I see that you have mentioned that you will be getting a lot of viewers. Adult sites tend to receive very large amounts of traffic.

    Unlimited hosting provider may not be the best choice for you here. Unlimited hosting providers are designed for low to medium traffic sites and they have CPU and max concurrent connections limit. If your site will be receiving high traffic, you will be limiting the resource usage.

    Do you have any specific budget you are aiming for?

    For an adult site that is expected to receive lots of traffic I would personally recommend a decent size VPS server, but you would be looking at +30 a month for a VPS. Check the VPS offers section for specials
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    Unlimited Bandwidth
    I suppose you should understand that it is marketing trick and nothing more.
    If such things are being offered there are should be several hidden limits and that is good idea to learn more about them during presales conversation with web host.

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    Not really.... the cheaper the better though hehe. It's not going to be porn or anything just a blog site about a adult MMO so not sure how much traffic it will get. Not sure if it will be updated frequently or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missakara View Post
    Not really.... the cheaper the better though hehe. It's not going to be porn or anything just a blog site about a adult MMO so not sure how much traffic it will get. Not sure if it will be updated frequently or not.
    I would agree with you on this point. However that worth to understand that you get what you pay for and sometimes reading reviews will help you to make right decision.
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    As for disk space, you would need to use space on images, html, php, CSS and other kind of files. If you only have 20 images, I would say that a GB is more than enough. You could easily be on 100-200 MB of space with that number of images and things.

    Bandwidth depends on how big the total amount of files that are being transferred. So if you have 20 visitors a day visiting an average of 2.5 pages that are an average of 200 KB, that would be around 300 MB a month.

    I hope this clarified some things.

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    Thumbs up Hosting

    I used hosting from stablehost recently, quite cheap but great service. They have offers going on and I bought one year hosting for quite a low price.

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    Also, RailsPlayground is highly recommended. Even though they're focused on Ruby on Rails (a programming language), they have PHP and cPanel and offer everything you need.

    They know what they are doing!

    I've experienced 1 hour of downtime with them - not more. And that was due to a change I requested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by missakara View Post
    Not really.... the cheaper the better though hehe. It's not going to be porn or anything just a blog site about a adult MMO so not sure how much traffic it will get. Not sure if it will be updated frequently or not.
    You might want to be more specific when you ask hosts about it; for many hosts things like language, discussions about sex, etc. don't constitute adult content. They are more concerned with photos or illegal content (any sexual content involving children, etc.) One of the terms people use for non-porn but still adult orientated content is "NSFW" or "Not Safe for Work".

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    Quote Originally Posted by missakara View Post
    Thanks so much. What are your thoughts on godaddy? I'm sure 150gb storage is more than enough space. I have no idea what the mySQL thing is. Unlimited bandwidth is nice. I've heard some good things about gatorhost... or something like that can't remember the name exactly. I was gonna use 000 webhost.com(dunno why it censored it lol) and pay $5 but it took me to hosting24.com and there was a lot of mixed reviews.... most of the features I see I don't really know what they mean. I just need bandwidth and some space. Nothing fancy. :-)
    I would stay away from GoDaddy, I have had a number of customer migrate over from their service to ours.

    Hostgator would be a good choice, and I know for sure they allow adult content.
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    Seems like my old post didn't go through. Or it got deleted.
    Anyways, it will something like: try to see what the hosting cost/benefits are from the domain company you bought from. Sometimes they offer discounts on their domain holders.

    Then I recommended some other companies, but I forget.
    1. Hostgator
    2. Awarespace.com << Is a highly known free hosting. You can take a look.

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    Thanks for all the replies.... so far a lot of the sites ONLY say 'unlimited' bandwidth which worries me.... as far as godaddy I think I will use them for just the domain name.

    Also, I posted on godaddy forums and they said they do allow adult content as long as it follows all the rules. :-)

    This search is getting harder and harder lol.

    For web hosting offers forum should I just be looking under shared hosting offers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by missakara View Post
    Thanks for all the replies.... so far a lot of the sites ONLY say 'unlimited' bandwidth which worries me.... as far as godaddy I think I will use them for just the domain name.

    Also, I posted on godaddy forums and they said they do allow adult content as long as it follows all the rules. :-)

    This search is getting harder and harder lol.
    I wouldn't avoid unlimited bandwidth, as there are a number of quality hosting providers that do offer unlimited bandwidth such as Dreamhost, Site5, Hostgator, and Hostnine just to name a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin View Post
    I wouldn't avoid unlimited bandwidth, as there are a number of quality hosting providers that do offer unlimited bandwidth such as Dreamhost, Site5, Hostgator, and Hostnine just to name a few.
    That is funny you say that when you offer unmetered disk space and bandwidth yourself. It is a marketing trick with unmetered Or unlimited. I think the sales clerk would think you was weird if you went down to a shop: "I want an external HDD with unlimited disk space."

    Quote Originally Posted by missakara View Post
    For web hosting offers forum should I just be looking under shared hosting offers?
    Yes, that is correct.
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    I recommend hostmonster.com, I don't know if they allow adult content but they are reliable, I use them with multiple websites for more than 1 year and I had no problem at all.
    Also the cheapest VPS would do the job without worries about content restrictions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GASB View Post
    I recommend hostmonster.com, I don't know if they allow adult content but they are reliable, I use them with multiple websites for more than 1 year and I had no problem at all.
    Also the cheapest VPS would do the job without worries about content restrictions.
    I just took a quick look at them. They're offering unlimited disk space and bandwidth, but I'm sure there are some kind of restrictions on it in their ToS. You can not get unlimited disk space and bandwidth for real.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lakridserne View Post
    I just took a quick look at them. They're offering unlimited disk space and bandwidth, but I'm sure there are some kind of restrictions on it in their ToS. You can not get unlimited disk space and bandwidth for real.
    I'm at MDDHosting for my VPS, and they are great in terms of support and service. The forums there are open to visitors, and his shared customers seem very happy. Open a ticket and ask Mike specifically about your content, though. His TOS does have some strong anti-porn language. My understanding of your blog site, an adult orientated blog about a multi-player game, seems like it would be OK.

    Disk space is definitely limited, but many hosts will offer "unlimited" or "unmetered" bandwidth. We know it is limited by the port, and the number of bytes going through that port before you get there means you may need to wait (your site seems slow). But hosts with high bandwidth allotments are doing much the same thing, depending on how many sites are on the server. So if you consider "unlimited disk space" to be evil, perhaps "unlimited bandwidth" is just a bit naughty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lakridserne View Post
    That is funny you say that when you offer unmetered disk space and bandwidth yourself. It is a marketing trick with unmetered Or unlimited. I think the sales clerk would think you was weird if you went down to a shop: "I want an external HDD with unlimited disk space."
    I'm just pointing out the fact that there are providers that offer a quality service that include unlimited bandwidth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fshagan View Post
    I'm at MDDHosting for my VPS, and they are great in terms of support and service. The forums there are open to visitors, and his shared customers seem very happy. Open a ticket and ask Mike specifically about your content, though. His TOS does have some strong anti-porn language. My understanding of your blog site, an adult orientated blog about a multi-player game, seems like it would be OK.

    Disk space is definitely limited, but many hosts will offer "unlimited" or "unmetered" bandwidth. We know it is limited by the port, and the number of bytes going through that port before you get there means you may need to wait (your site seems slow). But hosts with high bandwidth allotments are doing much the same thing, depending on how many sites are on the server. So if you consider "unlimited disk space" to be evil, perhaps "unlimited bandwidth" is just a bit naughty.
    Agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin View Post
    I'm just pointing out the fact that there are providers that offer a quality service that include unlimited bandwidth.
    Who are those providers? I haven't seen anyone with unlimited, or unmetered bandwidth that have been able to have amazing service once they grow big.
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    Okay..... so I might be ok with unlimited or?? I plan to have a lot of hits, my boyfriend has his own business as well so we would advertise to them and their friends... so it might take off quick. Getting stickers for our car too. :-P

    Going through all the post on the forums is tedious haha.

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    For starters its better to choose the cheapest plan on the cheapest host available. If your site does not aquire big amount of traffic, at least you wont have to pay big money to sustain a 'private' site. And if it does, well, its pretty easy to move to another host. Try FatCow, 4$/mo.

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    Thanks, I am going through the forums, making a list right now.
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    Think I will make a excel spreadsheet. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlSagan View Post
    For starters its better to choose the cheapest plan on the cheapest host available. If your site does not aquire big amount of traffic, at least you wont have to pay big money to sustain a 'private' site. And if it does, well, its pretty easy to move to another host. Try FatCow, 4$/mo.
    Cheapest is not always going to be the best

    If the OP uses very minimal, why do you feel he needs to have a host providing unlimited resources, evidently it's A gimmick to offer such resources and from what you posted above I actually disagree quite a bit.

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    Fun searching.... what should I say when emailing all these companies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by missakara View Post
    Fun searching.... what should I say when emailing all these companies?
    Express your need for a reliable host, and find some reviews on the internet
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    I thought of this, what if I email these host I'm interested in saying:

    Hello I am looking for a reliable host that allows adult content. If you think you can help me, please let me know. Do you offer a free trial, if so how long does it last? Also, once I pay how long do I have to get a refund if I don't like the services? If I move host, will you guys help me transfer my stuff to another host?

    --Hows that? Can anyone think of some other valuable questions I should ask?

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    • You should try to send an example of the content you will be hosting. You have been just a little vague on that part in this thread, you say it's not porn and it's from an adult game. If there is another similar site, be sure to include the link so that can say yay or nay. That will probably be the most important thing, whether they allow your site or not. With your content, don't be surprised or put off if you sign up for a host and then they suspend your account. You are in a little bit of a gray area.
    • This email should really judge their response times.
    • Ask what methods of support they provide.
    • Ask them what procedure they will follow if you approach any of your disk or bandwidth limits. This is probably one of the more important things. Some hosts that don't care too much will just suspend your account without any sort of prior communication. Which means you'd be responsible for keeping track of your usage.


    Other than that, you should be good to go.

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    Thanks, can I just take screenshots of my site?

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