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controlfreak
Sep 17th, 2003, 07:31 PM
Hello,
I am shopping around for a service to host my brand spanking new website, and I wondered if anybody here had any recommendations. Here are my criteria:

-I don't want any of these crappy amateur sites like Geocities and Tripod

-I am prepared to spend some money on a more professional hosting plan, but my budget is small - let's say under $50 per year would be nice

-No ads :lick:

-The site isn't that big... maybe 10-20 MB at first, 50 max... 1-2 GB monthly data transfer just to be on the safe side... extras like ASP, PHP, email & databases are not needed

-No dodgy "here-today-gone-tomorrow" hosts with stupid names.

So far I haven't found anything that suits my needs. The respectable cheap or free services (Brinkster, 50megs, Pro-whatsit-thingy) mostly have too small a webspace or bandwidth, and the "minimum package" professional ones cost just a little bit too much. Maybe there's a section of the market I'm overlooking (or maybe the market is overlooking me). What do yous guys use for your web hosting needs?

Poe
Sep 17th, 2003, 07:48 PM
Futurequest.net is the best virtual host I have found in the last 5 years. They have an outstanding reputation for the service they provide and I recommend them whenever I have the chance, since finding them took a huge load of stress off my shoulders from constant battles with shitty web hosts.

The problem is it's over your budget.. .Their smallest package is 12.95 per month (on monthly payment plan)

But you get what you pay for .. and to me the extra money is worth having the best. Even the CEO and CTO post on their message board, responding to almost all complaints and making a genuine effort to explain everything that goes wrong.

Cant say enough about them really. And you'll find that all of their customers would tell you the same.

Jarrett
Sep 17th, 2003, 08:50 PM
Dathorn.com is good. That is what I use.

Martian Willow
Sep 17th, 2003, 08:59 PM
...I can't believe how cheap webhosting is in America...$13.50/month for 2Gb... :eek: ...the one I'm going for is £10 for 600Mb...and that seems like a good deal... :(

:)

AjdeNate!
Sep 17th, 2003, 09:25 PM
I used www.webfusion.co.uk (Seles site) and www.northwindwebhost.com (Sprem site).

Uk is about $20/month, Sprem is like $27/6 months.

TennisHack
Sep 18th, 2003, 02:46 AM
I use http://www.freeservers.com and http://www.bravenet.com Both are excellent hosts. The free package on freeservers is 20 MB of diskspace, I'm not sure how much bandwidth, but not nearly 2 gigs.

I recently bought a hosting package with http://www.bravepages.com (the website hosting arm of bravenet), but before then I had a free site for almost a year. Bravepages offers 100 MB of disc space on a free site, but only 20 MB of bandwidth a day. I had to upgrade because the bandwidth limit was killing me. I chose the cheapest package, which is almost triple the amount of everything, but it is $75/year ($35/half a year, $6.95/month). I haven't found anything that's under $50 for a year's worth of service, so if you're willing to open your pockets a little wider . . . ;) Bravepages is fantasic. No ads with a paid site and quite a bit of disc space and bandwidth allowance.

Fingon
Sep 18th, 2003, 04:21 AM
www.webhost4life.com, I host my site there, it's excellent, fast, very reliable, good customer support.

they do have some of the extras you don't want (ASP, database, etc.) but it doesn't hurt and you might want that in the future.

I believe the price for 50 mb with unlimited bandwith is something like $5.95/month and there is a setup fee of about $20

another that looks good is www.dh2.net, I don't have references and I don't host with them but it looks quite good.

Kuilli
Sep 18th, 2003, 08:18 AM
Thanks to Fingon I found www.webhost4life.com over a year ago, and they are great. :D The 50mb plan is right now $4.95 per month.

TennisHack
Sep 19th, 2003, 02:38 AM
I believe the price for 50 mb with unlimited bandwith is something like $5.95/month and there is a setup fee of about $20

:eek: Egads!! The setup fee at Bravepages was only $5 and they had all that extra stuff plus Front Page publishing! *thinking maybe I've lucked out on this deal*

controlfreak
Sep 19th, 2003, 10:34 AM
You think that's cheap? I'm actually going to go for one of the "so-cheap-it's-too-good-to-be-true" hosts that you can find at findmyhosting.com. I'll be paying about $4 a month... until they vanish overnight with my money and my website ;)

TennisHack
Sep 22nd, 2003, 02:11 AM
Well, it's your money, controlfreak ;)