I've read through the forums and have seen answers to a lot of my questions but I thought if it's not a hassle to draw on your obvious expertise!
I'm about to set up my first site and I'm looking for a decent host. I don't need anything extravagant in terms of space or traffic but whatever host I go with needs to be extensible as my needs will probably grow in the future.
Initially I'm going to have two domains - one which will run a forum, have a photo gallery, and just be a general personal site (to enable a dispersed family to stay in contact).
The other will also be relatively small - nothing intensive, so won't really factor into my needs (although I will want to run two seperate domains).
Anyway, to put some numbers on it 1gb would be ample space, if not too much, - I don't even anticipate needing that initially. As for traffic - I'm not sure I can make a good estimation of traffic as I haven't any real experience, but again nothing huge immediately with the flexibility to support increasing usage. I won't be doing anything intensive like providing lots of video to download etc.
I'm based in Australia so if anyone knows if any good Australian servers that would be good ... but I guess it doesn't really matter where they are. I'm looking for reliability overall ... and support for things like PHP/MySQL/ASP as I will be incorporating some of those features.
I would anticipate spending around A$20/month initially.
Sorry for any vagueness, any help greatly appreciated!
Agreed, you shouldn't need more than a few GB bandwidth and that's even optimistic for a personal site. You should be able to find plenty of good hosts that offer that. I don't know of any in Australia, though.
20AUD = around 15US$ and thats quiet good a budget for 1GB hosting..
I suggest you go through various hosts and their reviews here at wht... Take some time to research and decide for yourself what is best. Its important you choose such a host, that you wont have to change next month.