Do you know how to code in PHP? I would have thought that hosting your PHP scripts is a prerequisite to the knowledge required to code in PHP.
With that said, if you are only expecting 50-200 players maximum why would you want to go with a overseller? In your situation with the resources you require I would find a host that does not oversell their resources and spend the 9$ on other hosting. Thats just my opinion.
What country are you from?
Anyway, once you have your PHP script , you just upload it to your hosting account, and thats it. You will no doubt need to set up your databases also.
what is an over seller? An overseller is a company that sell more resources on a server then it will be physically possible to provide. For instance with Dreamhost they will have thousands of users per server, each that will have 1TB bandwidth and ALOT of Diskspace. If every user happend to use up all of the Diskspace and pulled a huge amount of traffic, there would be a lot of unhappy people. They can do this though because they know that not everyone will use what they need and those that do are well outnumbered.
Overselling happens with everything though. Gyms, mobile phone networks.. its a way to keep prices down. But imho I wouldnt go with Dreamhost.
and do you have any other in mind? If you cn provide me with the amount of resources you think you will require I can probably better advise you. And your budget.
also how do you setup the database?
You will no doubt be using a mySQL database. Most hosts have control panels that will allow you to manage your databse. For instance on my servers I use Plesk. With this you can seup database with the click of a single button then manage it with PHPmyAdmin.
Thank you, punjabiblood!
I liked the sound of "clueless hosting" that I just registered it.
I don't know if I'm going to use it or not, how I'm gonna use it, though.
Who knows? Maybe I'll start a totally cluesless hosting venture with the name.
Sorry for the intrusion, I just wanted to say "thank you"
PS. I use DreamHost, and I'm generally happy.
But you shouldn't choose them if you want free shared SSL, for example.
Free shared SSL allows us to use the certificate of the host so that we can use secure http connection (for small not so serious business, or just for the increased security) without having dedicated IP address nor our own certificate.
(Usually using a subdomain of the common domain, like exmaplecom.yourhost.com.)
This way, it costs less, and easier, for some of us.
At DreamHost, to have https connection, you have to buy dedicated IP ($3.95/month?) plus the certificate ($15 or so/year and up).
For a small business site, it's better that way because you will be using your own domain name for the https connection.
But hobby sites and not very serious business sites don't need it so much.
I don't think it's very important for your site, but it's better to know beforehand.
I found it cool.
I wouldn't use the name for "serious business", though.
But why not?
I can put a logo of clueless cute kitty with lots of question marks ??? and
it may attrat certain customers, for example.
"clueless" doesn't have a bad image for some people.
Are you thinking about writing your own code?
Or asking someone else to do that for you?
Also, what you should do can be different depending on your budget, willingness to learn, available time, and so on.
If you have enough money, simply put an ad in other offer section, and you just have to choose a good person and tell her/him what you want.
If you don't have money, then you may have to spend lots of time ....
I see. Then I would suggest you to ask these coders, since they should know the requirement for what they are writing.
Registering domain is mostly easy, but the user interface is often pretty different at registrers/hosts.
If you need detailed steps, you need to ask the registrer/host you have in your mind.
If you don't have any idea about hosts, you can always try a host like DreamHost.
With discount coupon it would cost only $22.40 for the first year.
With your site running, you will have better idea of what you really want, most probably.
You can also start trying with even less expensive and smaller plans, too.
It's all up to you.