When choosing a web hosting company, there are a lot of things that you should consider before buying. Some things to consider are: - Do they offer 24/7 customer support? - Do they offer the type of hosting package you need? (i.e. PHP, other scripting, dedicated server, virtual servers, multiple domains, CPanel or other utilities, etc.) - Price - are they priced competitively? - Are they an established company that will be around for awhile? There are a lot of "Free" hosts out there as well. Most offer you either a free subdomain or a free subdirectory off of their main site. For example, I host a fishing site at www.atspace.com. My url is http://fishinginfo.atspace.com. The subdirectory method would be www.example.com/yoursubdir. Be careful if you elect to use a free host. Many require your site to be plastered with their popup or banner ads, or their googleads, or require you to post on their forum a certain amount per week. There is a wide variety of how much server space they provide as well. A good way to conserve space is to host your pictures on another site, which could be a free image hosting company such as photobucket.com or imageshack.us. Another great alternative (for fishing related pictures and webpages especially) is to host your pictures here at BigFishTackle on our picture boards. What other hosting companies are good sources? EDIT: I just found out that the parent company of BigFishTackle also provides a hosting service!!! It looks like a great deal. Check it out by clicking here!
Thanks Southernman. That would be a great way for newbies to get their feet wet. I just signed up with godaddy.com for a paid host now, and have moved my website there (www.utahfishinginfo.com). It costs me 3.17/month for hosting and the first year domain name was just 1.99. A great deal and it has everything I need. I bet there are lots of other good ones out there too.
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