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I run a small club here in London playing glam music from the 70's (think Bowie). I want to register and host a website for my club. The club so far hasn't made any money so I want to keep expenses to a minimum.
I need a hosting plan that will give me a moderate amount of webspace, access to server logs, multiple pop3 accounts, email forwarding, ftp uploads, cgi-bin for forums/messageboards (though I may wish to upgrade to something ASP based (as I am an asp programmer) in future).
I've found plans from UK60 upwards p/a which I think is a fair price.
Who would you people suggest I use and what other factors should I consider?
you get the picture, it can show you a lot.
- additionally a thread like this is inviting url drops so consider any replies carefully.
firstly make sure you have ownership of the domain so that you have overall control of it.
Secondly check on the levels of customer support. In my experience you're usually better off deailing with a smaller company who employ real humans to deal with questions/problems/compaints and don't just use feedback forms on a web site that no-one ever responds to.
Lastly try and find out how relaible they are and get some kind of garentee if possible. In my experience you'll soon forget that the services was the cheapest you could find when you go without email for a week or two. Conversley though the most expensive is not always the most realaible!
Personally I use a local host who I know I can contact by phone if i have any problems..
Your best bet is to ask trusted friends and research research research until you get to the point of being sick of research. Then go back through your best bets and pick one.
whoever you go with, no matter how good the deal appears to be, do not sign up for more than a 1 month at a time contract, that way you can pull out with minimal damage.
also although there is debate about it here, i would recommend looking at US based hosts, i use them for .co.uk domains, the pound is strong so the deals are good for brits.