There comes a time in every budding web developer’s life when he or she must choose and pay for a web-hosting solution. I could have bought a nice $5 lunch each month instead of forking it over to a company to serves up webpages with my name on it. I have two tip to pass along after researching all these sites:
- They all pretty much offer the same stuff; or at least they appear to. Some of the sleazier ones will have hidden costs like for transferring a website over, or porting over a domain name you purchased on your own.
- Never buy directly from the host. PURCHASE THROUGH AN AFFILIATE FOR DISCOUNTED PRICES. Just do a web search for up-to-date coupons.
Bluehost is the hosting service I use for this class. It used to be the clear leader in hosting and has been around a long time. As such, they are fairly reliable. Opinions vary wildly, but some don’t feel Bluehost meets up to its old reputation. Regardless, it has worked fine for me and has a multitude of solutions and available features. http://www.bluehost.com
This site is actually owned and operated by Bluehost. It used to be their “dumbed down” version for people not needing as robust support. It seems to have most of the same features, but for a lesser price. The trade-off is that they use the older servers for Hostmonster and the newer stuff for Bluehost. If you’re not doing anything grandiose (which you won’t need to do for this class), you might consider Hostmonster a good alternative for a cheap price (less than $5/month). http://www.hostmonster.com
Apparently, these guys have the best prices around. They offer all the same services as most other domain hosts, but I can’t speak to their service, quality or reliability. Online reviews rate them as one of the OVERALL BEST domain hosts.
- Dot 5 Hosting
I don’t know much about this service, but I’ve heard about it from others. www.dot5hosting.com
I don’t know much about this service, but I’ve heard about it from others. www.ixwebhosting.com
Personally, I’m very wary of free webhosting services. However, with the increasing ubiquity of webhosts, there may be some legitimate site out there that will give you free hosting. Be aware, though, that many of these offer only WYSIWYG editors and you will need a site that allows you to build your own content. Free webhosts.com is a directory of many free hosts. If you want something free, check it out and see if it meets your needs. WARNING: Even after “deciding” on a site, you should check into its legitimacy and business ratings from other sites, so please do so (at the very least, check the site out at the Better business bureau) www.free-webhosts.com/free-web-hosting.php
- Free Hostia
They have a free hosting solution that doesn’t make you post their ads. It offers 250 MB disk space, 6 GB bandwidth, 3 POP3/IMAP E-mails, 1 MySQL Database, 10 MB Database space, and easy install of things like WordPress. You can upgrade to a variety of paid solutions as well. www.freehostia.com