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    Setting up a website - beginner needs advice

    I'm looking to set up a website for a charitable trust for my daughter. I've foun the domain name that I want, but am looking to find the best value web hosting service - there are so many!!
    Obviously the 'unlimited' services cost more per month, but I don't know if 100mb of 'space' will be enough on the cheaper ones, and am unsure how much bandwith is generated per 'normal' visit to the site.

    Any help or guidance would be appreciated. I am also open to suggestions for web hosting services.
    The domain I want is £5.98 for 2 years, and is a co.uk domain - again, is this a good price?

    Cheers in advance

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    Your domain is a good price - I'd take that. Although usually things like charitable trusts have the domain .org - someone may correct me here, not 100%.

    Hosting wise, like you said there are so many, traffic wise it will depend on the size of the site - things like large images etc will increase the bandwidth you use - your traffic will be slow to start with however, as the site will take a while to be indexed by google etc.

    price is typical for a uk domain. as you said there are many hosts and its often baffling. u can be searching for hours & still often find what u think is a better deal.

    i personally use godaddy.com. they are US based but offer UK support with local rate number etc. never had a problem with them. they offer some decent web host plans & u can buy the domain thru them.

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    one.com more or less works out free if you go the quidco route...

    EDIT: It is domain and web hosting in one!

    Very good domain price yes, PM if you want some cheap web hosting from £1 a month

    I use ]Patrick Internet, unlimited everything

    34sp.com - never had a problem with them.

    >but I don't know if 100mb of 'space' will be enough on the cheaper ones, and am unsure how much bandwith is generated per 'normal' visit to the site.

    Well you could always start on the cheapest package and then if your space or traffic increases then your web host can raise you to a better package.

    They will be happy to do that as it is more money for them.

    Consider using a Content Management System (CMS) on your web site.

    The problem with most web sites designed with Dreamweaver or whatever is that a technical person needs to keep updating the site, which can cost more money and perhaps cause delays.

    If a non technical person updates the site there is a danger they are going to make changes to the layout by mistake and totally change the look of the site.

    A CMS allow you to separate the LAYOUT of the site from the CONTENT of the site, meaning non technical people can update the site CONTENT without changing the layout by mistake.

    jtx;7631334

    +1 http://www.quidco.com/one-com-gb/



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    I have a few sites with them, no probs and 3000mb is a good start.

    Bassman i tried to pm you but your inbox is full matey

    I've built quite a few sites, and think it's safe to say that 100MB of webspace is sufficient for most. The only reason you'd really want more is if you intend on uploading LOADS of pictures.

    Otherwise, each webpage is basically a text document weighing a few kb's, and possibly some added weight of JavaScript.

    Make sure your host offers ideal bandwidth (3-5GB) will most probably be sufficient.

    For £10/year it's possible to get reliable hosting with 300MB webspace, 5GB bandwidth, CPanel, PHP5, MySQL and all the rest of it.

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    mrtootough;7631365

    34sp.com - never had a problem with them.



    ^^^^^ this..... or Liquidsix.com is another good one.

    Dont use the same company to host the domain as the site.

    I'd recommend 123-reg for the domain

    guv;7632424

    ^^^^^ this..... or Liquidsix.com is another good one.Dont use the same … ^^^^^ this..... or Liquidsix.com is another good one.Dont use the same company to host the domain as the site.I'd recommend 123-reg for the domain



    Why not use the same company ?

    The amount of space and bandwidth you need will depend on what's on the site and how mant visitors it's getting. Words and pages take up virtually no space and bandwidth, every new image take up a fair amount (about 0.2mb for a big one) but repeated images don't count (much) and video takes up a lot of space.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for your input everyone. Think i'm going to go with 123 for my domain name, and one.com for the hosting. Anyone see any probs with that combination?

    one.com is expensive like i said in pm ill host your for £1 a month

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    supersaver!;7635969

    one.com is expensive like i said in pm ill host your for £1 a month



    One.com works out about a £1 for the whole year if you go through quidco and you get domain name included for that.

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    mrtootough;7632479

    Why not use the same company ?



    If you ever get into any difficulties, you could find your domain trapped with the host if its the same company. There's no reason to have problems with the host, other than dns issues and you can easily move the domain to anyone else. If the host and domain are the same and you get problems, they could block any transfer.

    Its purely precautionary - plus often you can get a deal on both the domain AND hosting when they're separates.

    But to be honest....... in many authoring forums, they all suggest the same thing (and those guys are more knowledgeable on web hosting than I am!)
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