Newbie to the Forum, I have just finished getting my buisness website completed. A local internet service provider designed this site. I have around 1.5 MB 6 pages nothing fancy and they want to provide hosting/maintaining for $100 a month. I felt this was a little too high. I see other sites advertising for $4.95 and up per month. Now I realize that is just for hosting. So what I need help on is understanding where that extra money charge each month is coming from. As far as maintaining the site there will be no changes or if any maybe 1 or 2 within a year. Can someone enlighten me to this new world of website hosting/maintaining. Thanks ahead for any help.
Thanks for the input David. As I posted earlier I am new to all this. I'm just trying to get a grip on what services I really need. This ISP has just opened up here locally and I decided to give them a shot with it. They did a great job with the website but during the building of it we discussed hosting/maintaining 3 different times. First it was going to be $45per/month, thats when we were talking about 3 pages. The next time around $85per.month but it was up to 4 or 5 pages. The 3 time was $250. When he told me that it was like NO, but -ell NO. I told him we are going to have to sit down an talk about this. Well, he came back with this last charge (offer)of $100. He did tell me he would throw in free dial up service with this. I will surf the forum and see if I can find more info out about these services and what companies to deal with. I didn't mean to ramble on but I just need some guidence on this matter.
I don't see how $100 is worth hosting and dialup, lets take aol for example, they are the highest priced provider right now at $24.95 per month, and lets take an average $10 shared hosting and we get $34.95 per month, which is no where near the $100 per month you were quoted.
Almost any webhost for a small fee will modify a page for you as long as its something simple and happens very rarely, so one month you'll pay a little more.
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In all honesty, that doesn't sound like a site that will need a lot of in terms of maintaining. Is it a brochure type site? How often to you plan to make chances to it?
ISPs are rather known for being rather pricy when it comes to hosting services for example; that's because they know that the local market that they target can generally handle/accept these higher prices.
Is there a college in your area? Maybe you can find some students who have a passion for webmastering/web design and would be more than happy to help you out for what will most likely be a much lower price. With the design part sorted, you could then get hosting anywhere you want.
$100 would be right if they would be updating the website for you tons of times a month and adding/editing content but you say once or twice, a year? And plus, only 6 pages? There's no need for you to be dishing out $100 to them every single month. Some people don't even pay that much for a dedicated server. My advice to you is to first tell them to screw off with the hosting. After you do that, check out the Shared/Reselling Hosting Offers forum and find a good company that can suit your needs. I'm sure you can find a very cheap plan since I doubt you will need much bandwidth.
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Gosh folks, thanks for all the responses and help. I have to meet with them Friday AM. Who creates these so called (meda-keys). Do they come with the website design part? Or does the hosting company create them for you? Thats all it seems to be left for them to do. I'll know more tomorrow after the small meeting we are having. I'll also check around the site here in the meantime. I'll keep you posted on the outcome. Thanks again for all the help.
Yup ISP are well known to charge a whole bunch for nothing really. As well phone companies do the same thing. No matter how good the deal is I would double check with WHT to see if it is a good deal or not. I would never pay $100.00 a month for someone to update and watch the site. Not a 6 page site at least.