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    Web Hosting Packages

    Don't know if this is the right place to post this, but if not, please move it.

    I'm interested in getting some opinions on web hosting packages. I'm starting up an internet venture and the web designer I've hired asked me who was hosting my site. I had no answer and he's suggested godaddy.com. Having no knowledge on the subject I thought I ask those who know.

    Any insight is welcome. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    Firstly good luck in this new venture. I have heard good stories and bad stories about web hosting and it is really good that you have someone who is in a position to advise you and give an opinion, that in my opinion is 75% of the solution. Have a look at the small print for the get out clause and if you "own" the domain name. I have registered magicforest.co.uk seperately so that I still own it even if I close the account with my provider (well that is the plan anyway if I ever do)

    As it is a new venture don't go rushing in and getting the biggest most expensive contract as you may well find you are only using a third of the bandwidth. Best to start small and work upwards, see from the provider what the turn around is for upgrades, they are normally very good with a good turn around.

    Anyway, just a few pointers
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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    Woody's Lounge is currently hosted via Mad Dog Web Hosting by SecureServer.net, a division of GoDaddy. We have a relatively cheap 'shared server' contract. On the one hand, this is the most probable cause of the slowdowns we sometimes experience, on the other hand, we haven't had a real crash since we moved to SecureServer (crashes were quite frequent before, eventually leading to the 'big crash' of last August). They also offer 'virtual dedicated servers' and 'dedicated servers': better performance at higher prices.

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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    Thanks for the good wishes and helpful information, Jerry. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I registered the domain name last year and do "own" it, so that should make things easier. The info about the "get out" clause is something I hadn't considered and will check carefully. <img src=/S/eyeout.gif border=0 alt=eyeout width=15 height=15>

    As to buying the most expensive package... no worry's there. I can't afford it <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    Oh yes, another thing and completely seperate from web hosting, if you do go for an account that has a database, ensure that you and your web developer create a secure web folder somewhere, not necessarily on the same server as the site, that allows you to work collaboratively that allows you to share SQL scripts, passwords etc. The number of times I have heard stories from friends and colleagues that the "web developer" has done a bunk and didn't leave the sorce code can be counted on one hand <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Sorry, you asked for insight, I thought I would chuck in some experience <img src=/S/tongue.gif border=0 alt=tongue width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    I have been have real good service from 1and1.com, a business type for $9.99 a month.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    Let me be among your many friends here in the Lounge to wish you 'bon chance' on your new venture.

    Since you are starting out with this new venture you are going to want to know what site statistics they will be able to provide you. Also, a sit down with your developer to discuss what your plans for the site are, not just for start up but down-the-road things.

    <UL><LI>Are you looking to have user interactivity?
    <LI>Are you going to be running any server or client based executeables?
    <LI>Are you going to be connecting to any databases?
    <LI>Etc.[/list]You will want to know this so that you can make sure that your 'Host' can support or will allow these types of activities. In some cases they will insist on reviewing any 'active' code to make sure that it is not detrimental to their system or their business. They will, of course, charge you for this review.

    If you start out with a low-level plan you will want to make sure that you can upgrade without any major modification to your current design.

    Don't be afraid to ask them for a list of current 'commercial' accounts that you can contact for references. Nothing like getting the straight story from the real folks.

    Come to think of it, make sure that you and your developer agree on where the development vs. deployment areas are going to be. Make sure you have ownership rights and access to both. Since this is your venture make sure there is agreement in place regarding your ultimate ownership of everything that is created/developed as the result of this project. Not to go negative here but I have a couple of friends that tried to create a web presence for themselves and a business idea that they had only to have the 'developer' walk away with all of the goods so to speak.

    I hope this helps.
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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    Experience is the best teacher. Especially someone else's expierence !!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Thanks again
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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    Thanks for that Dave. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I'll check them out.
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    Re: Web Hosting Packages

    Thanks for the good wishes, helpful information and useful tips !! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I'll run most of these thoughts by my developer for some feedback.
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