Your requirements are fair and many webhosts will come with Fantastico or Installatron to install Gallery 2 onto the server, You require 2GB of ram, Do you have any estimate for Bandwidth usage at all?
Otherwise, Hostgator is quite nice though have no idea on Hostnexus, Maybe search for some reviews here on WHT about them and see what comes up, Or alternatively you can check the shared hosting offers section.
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hostnexus has server in newjersy, which is less than 150 miles from where i live, does it matter?
For web browsing purposes, if your visitors are US based, hosting anywhere in the US (continental) should work fine. Even if they're distributed around the globe, hosting in US should be a good compromise.
If your visitors are in a narrow area it may make sense to host close to that. Your own location should generally be given little weight in the decision.
The resolution you'll be sharing the pictures at will likely be the most important factor in load time.
I always shrink the pictures to 1024X1024 before I upload them. Approx size of each picture would it approx 1mb.
Any host companies which come close to flickr or picasaweb in terms or speed?
Yes there are plenty of websites that can easily match both of those in a one on one speed test simply loading a few images... flickr, picasaweb, YouTube especially, there all slow and junky from my perspective and i'm on a 30mb down line... go figure.
I'd say just signup for a hosting provider that is has some good reviews here on webhostingtalk, and give them a go.
HostNexus is a Plesk host and Plesk comes with the Application Vault which is a one-click installer just like Fantastico and contains around 100 programs on the linux version.
WHT is kind of cPanel obsessed so we probably don't have many clients that come from WHT. However, I am active here on and off so I still like to run a tight ship.
Best of luck in your choice.
Thanks for sharing those informations mate. It will be helpful for plesk lovers for sure. May be Cpanel holds the popularity title, and also most of the providers are offering it. That makes WHT Cpanel obsessed as you said.
I used Hostnexus for several years (perhaps over 6 years) - in fact starting from when they initially started. Over these years they continuously improved their service including response time, made security and other processes better.
Though I no longer hosting with them now - I left them about a year ago, but I do not have any negative thing to say about them, rather I was happy with their hosting services. I would recommend them based upon my long experience.
You will want one that at least has RDNS entries setup on their server IPs. We just started new hosting with one company that we saw in the advertising forums and every IP on the server is blacklisted for no RDNS for the server. Sent an email to them 24 hours ago, hopefully they will respond soon so we can send emails through our hosted site.
I have one site on Hostgator. It is their cheapest plan. I haven't had a single problem in 9 months. KNOCK ON WOOD (Murphy's Law please don't visit this thread!). Their techs though were not so friendly for the few questions I had. I don't consider myself a newbie. So marks off for their techs attitude, Though I suppose you get what you pay for and for $5ish bucks a month... heck, I recall the days when such plans cost $40 a month and more! (Some hosts still charge that for bottom plans LOL!)
I can also vouch for HostNexus. I used them a few years back for a Reseller account. Actually, I didn't resell but just had a bunch of domains. Service was great. Staff and techs were top class. Can't recommend them enough. I moved to PowerVPS as they didn't have much offerings in VPS at the time. (They do now.)
Hope this helps. I also recommend you just store your photos on Picasa or Flickr. Use the website for a blog.