I just found this forum recently and have done some searching around and there is a lot of good info here. I run my own business and am going to be selling an eBook, (I am a reseller and it's going to go hand in hand with what that). I've bought my domain name (I registered it with Yahoo) and will soon be in need of a web host. The site is going to be relatively simple, just explains what the book is about and provides a download for it (I also need to work out a payment system so if anyone has info on that that'd be great too, but anyways...). So I don't have a lot of requirements, just an html site and a PDF file that needs to be hosted, what do you recommend I use for hosting? I was looking at Yahoo's web hosting, figuring that it would be good because they obviously have a large infrastructure. Does anyone have experience with them? I'm having a hard time with deciding a web host as there are so many negative reviews about all of them. I have no experience with this so any input will be very valuable to me.
Right now I'm willing to spend anything up to about $50 a month for hosting, but preferably somewhere in the $30-40 range. Once my business gets going at a faster pace I will be running multiple websites and be willing to pay much more.
You have an excellent budget, but for what you are looking to do it doesn't really appear that you need more than a common $10 account. Thats where I would start and grow from there. Once you outgrow shared hosting look to find a VPS or Managed Dedicated account.
Welcome to WHT xxx02taxxx! As MrRadic said, your not going to need nearly $50.00 month right now. Start off with a smaller, maybe starter plan. $10 to $15 a month would give you a excellent host. As your site grows and you host more websites you can move up to a larger plan, then possibly a VPS and so on. Start with what you need and move up as you go.
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Well as mentioned, your needs are pretty basic so your choices will be overwhelming. I would recommend just trying to compile a short list of about 5 and send some pre-sales emails to them and see how well they respond.
As far as yahoo for hosting...you will find a ton of mixed reviews on them but it seems if you need prompt support or some hand holding along the way you probbaly will not find it there.
Using something like Paypal.com for accepting payments would be really easy and very convenient for you just getting started, etc. You will simply add the paypal code to your HTML.
It doesn't sound like you're going to need alot of bandwidth for just one pdf file and a few static html pages. I would suggest going with shared hosting with a good amount of disk space and bandwidth because eventually you will want to add more pages or files to the site. You should be able to find alot of great options within the price range you specified.
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Also take a look at 2checkout.com and paypal for payments, very similar systems.
In addition to these, I would recommend Bluepay. They are a real merchant account, you even have your own virtual terminal. They even have a plan that has no monthly payments, but an interest rate at 4.95% + $.40 transaction. That is the only draw back. But now monthly payments or gateway fees allows for a small business with minimal clients starting out to be successful without being tied down by huge monthly minimums. If you go through the figures, it actually saves you more than 2CO. Plus doesn't act as a third party module in the checkout process. It actually can be integrated right into your design. Just a thought. This post wasn't intended to dis anyone, just an idea for those who need more selections.
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By "own" Jedito means you really OWN and have access to change any information such as name servers to the domain. If you do then yes you can host it with another company simply by changing the name servers to that of the company or custom made ones.
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