Im getting some seemingly contradictory information from an ISP and from different developers. Im having a site built where various emails will be sent out by site visitors. I called an ISP to get hosting pricing and they said I would need a dedicated server upon which I would need to purchase server software to run the website.
A developer said they will code the site using php and mysql so the server needs to have the latest PHP 5 and Mysql 5, and also have the ability to run CRON jobs.
Another developer told me that I would never need to purchase any server software because wherever I host the site will in effect be "renting" me the software as part of my monthly service charge.
If I need to buy software, how much, about, will this cost? The site wont have a lot of traffic, do I need a dedicated server? Im a bit confused, and dont know where all this shakes out.