Hello there! Newbie here. Sorry for barging in and asking questions... but it seemed like that this would be the perfect place to seek information.
Okay, here's the deal. I've given up on "free hosting". It isnt worth the trouble. So moving on....
This is what I'm wanting to do. I want to register a domain and have a little bit of web space so I can put up a message board for members of a small World of Warcraft guild. Since we're so small, I don't think a lot of bandwidth is required. I'm not sure how much space a message board would need though. Anyway, that is pretty much it.
What kind of host do I need? How much would this cost me? Domains are around 10 bones per year, right? Perhaps some places give a little bit of web space with the purchase of a domain?
Anyway, any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!!
I would just start with a basic plan and make sure that the host you choose will let you upgrade your plan for free as your site grows. Take a look at the shared and reseller offers here and I am sure you will find a good solution that meets your needs.
Depends on how few people you have visiting your site. It sounds like you'd be able to get away with less than 1 GB storage and 40 GB bandwidth.
I cannot specifically recommend a web hosting company. I can tell you that I have personally used Site5 and Lunarpages and they both have good reputations but there are many other good hosting companies that contribute to the forums and that other people use and like.
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Kyle, how much disk space do you want to have? Please narrow your search.
I think most basic plans (some 400 megs of space, 10 Gigs data transfer) suits you. At Totalchoicehosting I pay 44$ per year and what I get is a quality hosting.
GoDaddy offers *.com domain for 8.95$.
Some hosts may offer you a free name as long as you stay with them, but I advice to learn if this name will belong yo you or to the hosting company.
In other words, if you can afford some 50 $ annualy, you will get a domain and professional hosting. You should check WHT for other quality sites and decide what do you need.
Research and research and research. $100/year will be cheap if you find the right host. $50/year might be expensive if you choose the wrong host. But you can also get a $100/year nightmare deal and a $50/year good deal.
Choose your software first. Write down what features you're going to need. Search some hosts here at WHT. Then research them. Visit their forums, if they have a forum.
Originally posted by Eu1net Research and research and research. $100/year will be cheap if you find the right host. $50/year might be expensive if you choose the wrong host. But you can also get a $100/year nightmare deal and a $50/year good deal.
Think the point he is trying to make is there is no substitute for good old fashion homework when it comes to choosing a provider.
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