Please be aware that every offer has limits beyond what is displayed in the thread. You should visit the site advertising and read any Terms of Service or Acceptable Use Policy they have in place. If you can't find answers on how they measure what you're purchasing, ask.
If the offer or request doesn't regard some type of hosting, you still need to research beyond what’s printed in the ad.
Research any provider to know what limits are in place, especially with any offer concerning disk space and/or bandwidth. These are generally defined in the TOS or AUP.
Read provider reviews. If you find no reviews, create a thread and ask for others' first-hand experience with the provider.
If you're unsure on the exact details of an offer - ask. Simply respond to this thread and ask the provider for clarification.
Learner, I'm not sure. I work on it on and off. I need help, if you would like to contribute. I would like to see the bulk of it completed by the end of the year, I've gotten lots of help so far from Duster, Hostmatters, and CfoxHost (thanks guys and gals).
As for the cost, I think it's a one time thing.
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