I think I've narrowed my choice to 3, help me pick!
For the first time, I'm looking for a non-free web host. I'm going to be creating a family web site, mainly for photo sharing at this point, but at some point we will be setting up subdomains for all of us who want our own pages. I will eventually host all of this myself, but until I can afford the server this will have to do.
Here is what I think I need:
At least a GB of storage, preferably more,
5 GB of bandwidth/month (an off the top of my head guess).
email service with my domain name, preferably imap,
subdomains availabe (not sure how many I need yet though),
LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP),
CHEAP!! (without picking a lousy company),
anything extra is nice, whatever I don't know how to use now I will learn.
So far I've narrowed my choice down to three providers(with my preferred packages), but of course I'm open to any suggestions not listed:
1and1.com - business package ($9.99/month):
3 domains (a plus that I can use later on)
150 pop3 accounts
1 GB storage
15 GB bandwidth/month
Free CGI programming (PHP 3, PHP 4, Python, Perl) - does this mean I get their scripts free, or I am free to use these languages?
solidinternet.com - standard package ($59.95/year):
1 add-on domain (what does this mean exactly?)
unlimited pop3 accounts - with imap access?!?
1 GB storage
20 GB bandwidth/month
php and mysql
influxhost.net - starter plan ($3.99/month or $30/year) or advanced plan ($7.99/month or $70/year):
unlimited pop3 accounts
1 GB storage (for starter plan) or 2GB (for advanced plan)
15GB bandwidth (starter) or 20 GB (advanced)
unlimited mysql db's, perl and php support
Obviously I'd like to avoid a disaster by picking a loser company so I'd like to hear feedback, good and bad, about any of these hosts. I've read about a lot of problems from 1and1 during their free period, but not much bad about them since. The others, i'm not too sure.