I am looking to start up my own website, but am pretty clueless about my needs in terms of hosting. I have read through a few of the basics threads on these forums and come to the conclusion I am going to need shared hosting...
What the host needs to be able to support-
Around 20 pages
A lot of photos
A vbulletin forum
I am hoping for it to grow pretty quick, and get a couple of hundred members on the forum and regularly checking the site in the first fortnight or so..
Within a 3 months I don't think it's unrealistic to aim for around 1000 members on the forum.
You need a reliable host that has smaller and bigger plans so you can upgrade later if you will need it.
Don't forget to buy your domain from a different company than the one you are hosting with.
Please tell us what your budget is (per month ).
I'm thinking of going with wirenine...a friend also reccomended www.hostingzoom.com, anyone has any experience with them?
One more thing, in some of the newbie threads I was reading it says try and get a host close to your location...I'm based in England, so should i be trying to keep my host British? Which i guess means wirenine is out of the question...
It really depends on where your visitors base is and how good is the datacenter your host is in. If you don't plan on having BIG downloads it shouldn't matter too much.
For example, I'm from Romania but I would never choose a Romanian host, never used a European one either. I always go for US ones as the ones I choose don't oversell like the ones in my country, also have better support.
One more thing, in some of the newbie threads I was reading it says try and get a host close to your location...I'm based in England, so should i be trying to keep my host British?
You should choose the location based on where your visitors will be coming from mostly. If your target visitors are in UK, then it would make sense to get a web host with servers in UK. Although it shouldn't make that big difference in speeds unless you are planing to host large download files.
If your target visitors are in UK, then it would make sense to get a web host with servers in UK. Although it shouldn't make that big difference in speeds unless you are planing to host large download files.
There's also the search engine optimisation factor. Hosting your site in the country you're targetting (be careful that many non US hosts have their servers in the US, and that's not what you'd be after) will enable the search engines (such as Google) to correctly determine where your site is located, which means you'll be listed when people search for pages from that country.
Somebody on another forum mentioned that Hostgator suspended their account without warning for a minor reason.
Now I can tell you they did that to me too. IMO they were not right to shut down the account (and with it all my 40+ stes) because of one site.
They could have just disabled the "problematic" site and notify me about it.
Or if they were planning to shut down all my sites, it could be fair if they told me at least 24h in advance.
Just felt I needed to share with you my experience.
Other than this I don't have any other complaints about them (at the moment).