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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
Can anyone out there recommend a good web host please ?
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
http://www.1and1.co.uk, or even cheaper, http://www.1and1.com (their US site) are pretty good.
#2
Agreed, I use 1and1.co.uk, they were doing a £2.99 for 2 year thing a couple of months back - been with them for years never had any problems.
#3
Im personally with http://www.wowhosting.org/ they used to be called servway, although it depends what kind of thing your going to be using it for as the price is roughly £50 a year inc the .com although i got huge limits on everything lol
#4
dreamhost?
banned#5
so what exactly do i need to have my own website? ive already created a 10 page website in microsoft front page!, am i right in thinking i just need a web host e.g. 1and1.co.uk ???
#6
Craig david
so what exactly do i need to have my own website? ive already created a 10 page website in microsoft front page!, am i right in thinking i just need a web host e.g. 1and1.co.uk ???


You need a webhost (where you store the pages/files) and a domain name (which allows people to find them i.e. [url]www.hukds-very-own-craig-david.co.uk[/url]). Most companies offer packages that include both, these days.

The package you need to go for depends on how much room you need to store your website and how much traffic you expect to get. If for example, you just want to host a few family pics that aren't going to be visited by that many people, then a basic package would do the trick. On the other hand, if you intend to set up a site that will be visited by thousands and need to store a lot of video content, then you will need something a lot more expensive.
#7
Try Modern World Internet. Bunch of IT geeks so very helpful [url]www.modern-world.net[/url]
banned#8
nightswimmer
You need a webhost (where you store the pages/files) and a domain name (which allows people to find them i.e. [url]www.hukds-very-own-craig-david.co.uk[/url]). Most companies offer packages that include both, these days.

The package you need to go for depends on how much room you need to store your website and how much traffic you expect to get. If for example, you just want to host a few family pics that aren't going to be visited by that many people, then a basic package would do the trick. On the other hand, if you intend to set up a site that will be visited by thousands and need to store a lot of video content, then you will need something a lot more expensive.


:thumbsup: cheers
banned#9
Probably best to say what your needs are and you will get a better answer!

You've said 10 pages - which will be so minimal its hardly worth hosting with a company and pay for that! There are numerous freebies around. Are you going to use your own domain name?

From what you have said, I would probably be tempted to register your choice of domain name with [url]www.123-reg.co.uk[/url] (for approx £6 for 2 years) and then host with [url]www.34sp.com[/url] which are located in the UK. Using a US company will generally mean it will load slower. Maybe not a real issue, but people usually host in the US because they get masses of storage. It doesnt sound like you need this, so pointless paying for it! Support at 34sp is excellent, which as a newbie, you will find very useful - plus they have a forum that other users can assist.

If OTOH, you intend an eventually using masses of storage (ie 20GB and above) then it will be cheaper to use a US host.

A deal i posted a while back for dreamhost would suit that eventuality - and a valid discount is still usuable. £11 for a year with a free .com domain. However, the second year will cost more - but at least it gives you an insight and you can easily move the site elsewhere if it didn't suit your purposes.
banned#10
guv
Probably best to say what your needs are and you will get a better answer!

You've said 10 pages - which will be so minimal its hardly worth hosting with a company and pay for that! There are numerous freebies around. Are you going to use your own domain name?

From what you have said, I would probably be tempted to register your choice of domain name with [url]www.123-reg.co.uk[/url] (for approx £6 for 2 years) and then host with [url]www.34sp.com[/url] which are located in the UK. Using a US company will generally mean it will load slower. Maybe not a real issue, but people usually host in the US because they get masses of storage. It doesnt sound like you need this, so pointless paying for it! Support at 34sp is excellent, which as a newbie, you will find very useful - plus they have a forum that other users can assist.

If OTOH, you intend an eventually using masses of storage (ie 20GB and above) then it will be cheaper to use a US host.

A deal i posted a while back for dreamhost would suit that eventuality - and a valid discount is still usuable. £11 for a year with a free .com domain. However, the second year will cost more - but at least it gives you an insight and you can easily move the site elsewhere if it didn't suit your purposes.


thanks for the advise mate, well i really just wanted my own domain e.g. ([url]www.my-name.com[/url]), and some where to host it, but not a free hosting site as they usally put banners etc. so what would be the cheapist domain and website hosting package for me? (propably 20 visitors a week, and the site will only be about 150mb)

thanks

P.S. looking to keep it long term 5-10 years
banned#11
Craig david
thanks for the advise mate, well i really just wanted my own domain e.g. ([url]www.my-name.com[/url]), and some where to host it, but not a free hosting site as they usally put banners etc. so what would be the cheapist domain and website hosting package for me? (propably 20 visitors a week, and the site will only be about 150mb)

thanks

P.S. looking to keep it long term 5-10 years


OK.

Firstly, you've written .com for your domain. Did you mean that - or .co.uk?

If .co.uk, then I would heartedly recommend [url]www.123-reg.co.uk[/url] for your domain purchase. It will be as mentioned about £6 for 2 years. Once done, you have a control panel that will enable you to change the nameserver to point to the hosting company you use. Dont panic about the host being a different company, it seriously is the best way to do this. Ive bought loads of domains from them and never had any problems. You can transfer out free if you are not happy - but I cant see you ever using that option. Another thing, when the domain is up for renewal, they will send you reminders. Too many companies don't and you end up either losing the domain, else paying nominet a fortune to resurect it.

If however, you do mean .com, then a US company would be the best bet. Netfirms.com is one Ive used and seem cheap enough. (At least they were at the time - $9.95 for a year, which is pretty good.)

For your host, the one I mentioned is very good. [url]www.34sp.com[/url] is reliable, cheap and fast. This is a site I host with them for a charity I do work for. Have a look around and test its speed. Personal hosting is now £17.95 for the year and that has 200MB. Not much by todays standards, but as suggested previously, there is no need to pay for storage you wont use!

Whatever you decide, make sure you dont buy from a reseller on ebay or alike. Even companies that appear to be "true hosts" are possible not. eg [url]www.qiq.co.uk[/url] They are actually one of the better resellers to be fair, but you really are better to deal straight to the source!

Ive seen 1and1 mentioned above. I really dont like them at all. Seen too many bad stories - and google seems to verify!

Good luck.

What are you going to host BTW?
banned#12
Well its just gonna be a site where i am going to upload gardening info and probably some video's etc. think il go with the 123-reg.co.uk and 34sp.com but just need to think of a good address! (was thinking about "www.craigs-garden.co.uk) what do u think?

also how will i get more visitors to my site? will i have to pay google or something?

thanks again mate, really appreciate you taking your time out for me
banned#13
Craig david
Well its just gonna be a site where i am going to upload gardening info and probably some video's etc. think il go with the 123-reg.co.uk and 34sp.com but just need to think of a good address! (was thinking about "www.craigs-garden.co.uk) what do u think?

also how will i get more visitors to my site? will i have to pay google or something?

thanks again mate, really appreciate you taking your time out for me



For the name, it really is up to you! Can't really help there, though I would probably suggest making it as short as possible and personally, I wouldn't use a -

To help with search engines, it really does help to have the search criteria in the domain name. eg - you will get a higher rating when someone searches for "garden" in the example you gave, than say "craigswebsite" As to getting it noticed, now that is the golden grail. Certainly dont pay anyone! There are several good sites to give tips on high to get more noticed. Just get a google account and submit your site. (Thats free) Do the same for other big engines. You basically need to make use of "metatags" which are lines of key words that will be found on your pages and will be things people search for. On this page for example, go up to the "view" menu of your browser and select "view source".

You will see these lines:




These are the sort of things people will use to search and its how google prioritises to send them here.

Obviously the popularity of a site is also of major significance - so you have a mountain to climb! Do you use many forums? They often allow you to put in "your website" in your details. (annoyingly - because it also makes it a target for spam merchants!!!) make sure you use that! Just basically get your site in as many places as you can - but dont spam! Do you use usenet? Add your site to your sig. Everything helps!

Have you decided on appearance yet?

I have loads of freebie templates you can use. Some can be found on a site I was putting together some time back, but never really got going! Some examples. The site may also be useful for learing html and css tags etc, but as I said, its an unfinished project.

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