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dr john

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 16:59
No, the post is in an area for trading services - they expect that sort of thing. I've done the odd review for a few dollars, and written articles for other people ( several hundred dollars!), from ads in the marketplace.

And I look for business ideas in there as well. EG if a type of domain name looks worth a few dollars and I find a similar one is still available, I'm thinking of registering it, then selling on at the same sort of price as the one caught my eye. got two or three in mind at this moment.

Why don't you sign up with the host reviewer's site, and get some free web space for a year.

EDIT
I've just noticed YOUR edit...
Do we both need our eyes tested? shocked_yellow
SRD

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 15:46
Ah, but presumably sitepoint don't have a problem with it or they'd have wiped out the post as spam.

edit: I've just noticed it's in the marketplace forum so wouldn't be considered spam anyway.
dr john

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 15:38
That's an individual, not sitepoint themselves. And possibly someone who is part of the free hosting company. But I think I feel a review or two coming on..
SRD

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 14:56
Quote:
Originally posted by dr john
Hey Simon, can you read minds?
That's the one I mentioned above as being 9 for two years. The bandwidth is the only problem for the free web space when you buy a domain name. Too many large images and you could run into problems. But it's where I'm thinking of putting my next possible money maker site. My current money maker site (kidneydialysis in my sig below) has only just got close to what would exceed their bandwidth limit, but if I hosted any images on my main site with its huge bandwidth limitation, I'd get round that problem instantly. Limited space and limited bandwidth are common things with free hosts.

The kidney site (hosted elsewhere - compila) gets over 2000 visits per month now, after the first six months when it was a lot lower, and hasn't quite reached 100Mb a month. So if I put up a new site, I'd have plenty of time to use the free space and watch for a surge of interest. You should look at your own web stats and scale up to see if there is a potential problem. (Although having several separate sites helps me assess things a bit better of course.)

PS Where is the inducement you mention at sitepoint?
http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=525862
dr john

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 14:44
Hey Simon, can you read minds?
That's the one I mentioned above as being 9 for two years. The bandwidth is the only problem for the free web space when you buy a domain name. Too many large images and you could run into problems. But it's where I'm thinking of putting my next possible money maker site. My current money maker site (kidneydialysis in my sig below) has only just got close to what would exceed their bandwidth limit, but if I hosted any images on my main site with its huge bandwidth limitation, I'd get round that problem instantly. Limited space and limited bandwidth are common things with free hosts.

The kidney site (hosted elsewhere - compila) gets over 2000 visits per month now, after the first six months when it was a lot lower, and hasn't quite reached 100Mb a month. So if I put up a new site, I'd have plenty of time to use the free space and watch for a surge of interest. You should look at your own web stats and scale up to see if there is a potential problem. (Although having several separate sites helps me assess things a bit better of course.)

PS Where is the inducement you mention at sitepoint?
SRD

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 08:12
Does anyone know anything about this:
http://www.freevirtualservers.com/free-hosting.htm

The company are probably Ok as Sitepoint use them for their 'inducement' to become a host reviewer but what about the package? Would it suit a local sports club with fewer than 100 members who just want a web presence to keep each other up to date, post results and future fixtures etc.
Daz

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 04:49
Quote:
Originally posted by dr john
EDIT
I'm looking at Dreamhost now, - $5.95 a month IF you pay ten years worth in advance! Otherwise $10.95 a month + a $49.95 set-up fee for monthly payments. Not my sort of host I'm afraid.


They have other options there other than that one...

The attached screengrab (below) of their cheapest package looks very similar to the option I've signed up with for the last two years... By the time you take off the voucher code of 97 bucks off.... In fact given the exchange rate, it might even be cheaper now than it was last year... (I've not bothered to check with the $ to conversions)
Daz

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 04:38
Quote:
Originally posted by dr john
Not my sort of host I'm afraid.


Yes, but you have the benefit of knowing what you're doing, I did/do not... ;)

I paid, IIRC, in total, a princely sum of 15 by the time it was converted to sterling. Hardly over charged think...?

As my credit card number, and address changed by the time it was due for renewal for the second year, I cancelled my deal with them after the first deal, and then took advantage of the same offer code for the second year. (I had to have a new domain, but that wasn't a problem for me)

Perhaps you could offer links to these cheap hosts, as once again, my renewal date is looming again...
dr john

[*] posted on 19-2-2008 at 00:32
Quote:
Originally posted by Daz
I use DreamHost, they've been very good for my needs, but I had a very good price from them, as I was given a voucher to deduct about $100 off the yearly price...

A $100 OFF the yearly cost - I can't imagine what they must have charged f they could offer $100 per year discounts. I don't pay anywhere near that sort of cost. Several of my sites cost 12 + vat per year - including the domain name. I'm currently looking at another host who gives enough for most small sites, just for the cost of the domain name - 9 for two years. Very handy for trial ventures, and if they become more successful, just move them from this second host to the first one. The most expensive host I'm liable to use is $5 a month, with a free domain name.

EDIT
I'm looking at Dreamhost now, - $5.95 a month IF you pay ten years worth in advance! Otherwise $10.95 a month + a $49.95 set-up fee for monthly payments. Not my sort of host I'm afraid.
Daz

[*] posted on 18-2-2008 at 22:18
I use DreamHost, they've been very good for my needs, but I had a very good price from them, as I was given a voucher to deduct about $100 off the yearly price...
ErraticToad

[*] posted on 18-2-2008 at 00:05
How long's a piece of string?

Seriously that is one loaded question with no easy answer. Best bet is to do a search and find a few hosters that match what you want and then investigate them and perhaps ask around for opinions.

Apart from the forms and mail, what other requirements do you need?
Do you need databases, do you want PHP or scripting of another kind.
How fast do you want the host links to be, how much are you prepared to pay (or not)?
How much space, what transfer quota do you want, etc, etc ....
Do you want dedicated or shared hosting?
Windows or Unix?
UK, Europe or don't care?
Backups?


etc, etc .... here's some links to get you started on your hunt.

http://whreviews.com/

http://www.comparehostingcompanies.com/

http://www.free-webhosts.com/php-hosting-comparison.php


Personally I use http://www.freehostia.com to do all my "developing with" and then I move it because their servers tend to be pig slow - anyway, Google is definitely your pal here if you choose your search words wisely.
Quaver

[*] posted on 15-1-2008 at 22:27
I don't have web hosting, only a domain name with email and web forwarding.

I used to be with domainsite.com but I left because email forwarding was becoming very slow, and they didn't reply to any of my emails.
I've since moved to ukreg.com and they seem to be good - so far anyway;)
SRD

[*] posted on 15-1-2008 at 19:10
I've 'volunteered' to build a website for a local literary festival, this requires a site for the festival, a site for the charity that is a beneficiary of the proceeds from the festival and a site for the local am-dram (don't ask ). I know I could do it by having a single site and pointing each of the domains at it but I'd rather keep them separate (at least for the am-dram, there is a justifiable reason for the charity and festival sharing a site). I also need email and form handling (for the application forms for entries to the short story competition).
Firstly what should I be looking for in a host and secondly has anyone any recommendations?