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I'm paying around $13 a month for hosting each site I have with Yahoo. I see some people making posts how their only hosting cost is registering the domain. How are they getting free hosting? Do they have their own server or have a friend do it? It seems like I'm paying too much in hosting fees with Yahoo especially when I just want to test a domain.

How should I go about hosting my sites? It seems I should register the domains with Namecheap as a lot of people on here like them but I'm not sure what the best hosting option should be. I don't need much bandwith or storage at all..

I'm an idiot when it comes to hosting/registering domains..

Thanks..

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It can be really overwhelming when choosing a new host. I'd recommend coming up with a list of your requirements and budget and then start researching and narrow down your list to maybe 5 hosts you like..

Call them and ask a bunch of questions. Focus on some important factors such as:.

Disc space requirements - Amount of space on a web server's hard drive that you will need for your web site .i.e. size of your web site.

Expected Traffic - How many visitors are you expecting? Will this be a high traffic website? Even though right now it isn't, what if your sites get super busy. Does your host have upgrade options?.

Multiple Sites - Can you run several unique sites on one hosting plan?.

Databases, email, FTP accounts etc - What are the limits?.

Operating System.

Windows Hosting - Created by Microsoft Windows Hosting allows web sites to run Active Server Pages. The Microsoft servers also allow the integration of MSSQL databases..

Linux Hosting  I personally prefer Linux and find it a far more stable and secure hosting environment..

Considerations - The Techy Stuff.

" OS.

" Hardware (Do they own their own servers?).

" Security (Are they a couple of kids in their garage?).

" Location (What country are their servers in?).

" Backups (Are there daily backups? Is there a cost?).

" Redundancy (Multiple data centers?).

" Uptime (Check out their uptime stats).

" Connectivity.

" Download Speed.

" Supported Scripting Languages (Do they support PHP5 or ASP/JSP - whatever your site is or could eventually be coded in?).

The Other Stuff.

" Price (Money Back Guarantee).

" Support Options (Do they speak english and offer 24/7 support inc phone support?).

" Value (What do you get for your money?).

" Uptime Guarantee & History - How long have they been in business? WHOIS them).

" Reputation.

" Reviews.

" Upgrade/Downgrade Options.

" Overages (Are you charged for use youre unaware of?).

" Control and Usability.

Domain names - Free with hosting but do you own the domain? How much will it cost you to take ownership of the domain if you want to transfer out?.

Hosting Price - Search for discount coupons, but be aware of the renewal fee when you don't have a coupon for the 2nd year..

Accuracy of support - Test them with some hard questions.

Review sites  Careful of the hype. Lots of them simply get paid top dollar to promote certain companies. Make sure you have a money back guarantee..

There's loads more but this should be a good starting point for you..

Comment #1



PSU, you will want to find a host who offers a reseller plan with unlimited domains and package customization to easily setup new domains "free" on the account..

Hope this helps...

Comment #2



You need at least a reseller account that lets you host unlimited domains, gives you cpanel access, etc...

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Thanks for the help. I will start researching which reseller account to go with...

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Other stuff you might want to ask before buying is the max number of mysql connections allowed (if you plan to have a dynamic site with heavy traffic) and the resources you are allowed to use (eg max amount of RAM a script can use).

Don't care of these if you're going to host plain HTML sites..

Comment #5


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