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    Question Newbie needs a clue

    Please excuse my lack of knowledge...I'm very much a newbie to finding my own paid hosting. In fact, I've only been with my current host for about two months. I did no research on them whatsoever...I was just willing to pay the six bucks a month to get the ads off my pages. It's my "starter" site, if you will. However, even with my babe-in-the-woods mentality, I'm starting to realize I can do a lot better then 15 megs for six bucks a month. Thus my search for better hosting begins. I'm not really asking for recommendations, since personal expectations are so different, but I am asking if there are any hosts who should be avoided like the plague. (As in out-and-out frauds and runarounds.)
    And if anyone wants to recommend anyone, I'm just looking for 50-100 megs of space, 2-5 gigs of bandwidth and possible multiple domain hosting. As far as service and support goes, I'm incredibly patient and tolerant so service doesn't have to be top-notch(but above mediocre).
    If anyone would like to email me, my address is [email protected] and I really appreciate anything anyone has to say. Thanks!

    ~Vi

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    Question is, do you need that much diskspace? And Bandwidth? Even looking down the road about a year, do you need that much? If you, great. You're right, you can get more diskspace for you're money.

    But I am constantly intrigued by how most people judge a host based on the amount of diskspace they provide. I recently lost a potential client because I would not sell them 150MB for $7.50 a month. You know what his site consisted of? 6 pages. About 300 uniques a month.

    Anyway, I'm sorry I started my rant on you're particular thread, you didn't deserve it, and it wasn't aimed at you.

    I hope you find what you're looking, as I'm sure several people here will be able to help you out.

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    Very well said James, if you do use more than 15 megs then I highly recommend you do some searches on hosts on this forum and find some you like and then ask for opinions.
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    You should go to the hosting requests forum and make a post and explain how much space you need and what you will be using it for and also how many hits you get a month or how much bandwidth you use if you happen to know that.. What I would suggest doing is finding a couple hosts that will offer a plan to give you plenty of room say 150+ megs and atleast 5 gigs transfer to give you room to breath and then do some research on them.. Do a search here and see what you find and ask around.. Wait a couple weeks see all the feedback you get and base your decision on that. Best of luck..

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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by pirate22
    Question is, do you need that much diskspace? And Bandwidth? Even looking down the road about a year, do you need that much?

    I have quite a few graphics on my current site. I don't even have much content(read; stuff other people would be interested in) but I have somehow managed to run through 7 of my 15 megs in the two months I've been there. Also, I do use my space for the occassional pic posted to my online journal, which actually gets more hits than my site does right now.

    But I am constantly intrigued by how most people judge a host based on the amount of diskspace they provide.

    Right now, disk space is the most important thing to me because I don't know how to use many of the features included in a lot of hosting packages. If I can't use them, and may not have the knowledge to anytime in the immediate future, I don't want to be paying for them. I suppose what I need is someone who can offer me a minimum of features for a minimal price up front, with the option of upgrading later. Does that make any sense?

    Anyway, I'm sorry I started my rant on you're particular thread, you didn't deserve it, and it wasn't aimed at you.

    Don't worry about it. I understand well the nature of rants. Thank you for pointing out that there are other things I should be looking for in a quality host!

    ~Vi

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    To avoid

    one of the major pitfalls stay away from host that offer unlimited bandwidth or disk space. There is no such thing and it is a marketing gimic to lure newbies in. Once you decide on a short list come back here and do a search on them, ask around the forum here and ask them to provide a reference or two.
    Also look out for the too good to be true offer, remember if it sounds too good, it is.


    Good luck in your search.

    Monte

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