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But I'm quite confused about the options out there, is there anything I should look out for? I'm also confused by all the terminlogy, what's virual hosting for example?
Thanks in advance
Something that you probably want to shy away from is host offering "unlimited" bandwith. There is a definite limit and when you go over it you will be looking at additional fees.
As far as what to look for it really depends on what you will need for your site.
One thing you defintely want is access to the raw logs. A popular saying is here is that "there is gold in those logs" meaning that by looking at the logs you have a better idea of not only where a visitor is coming from but also how they are navigating through your site(great for making changes to increase usability).
As far as terminology. Virtual hosting is like have a sub directory on a machine. It's basically an account on a machine that you share with a number of the host's other virtual hosting customers, sharing the machine that is. While the alternative would be a dedicated server which host only you and your accounts(sites).
With a virtual hosting account there are certain restictions that come with it, mainly so that no one customer hogs all the resources of that server. While with a dedicated machine you have a total control of all aspects of the server, but with control comes price.
I would suggest you use the site search feature of the board. There is an unbelievable amount of information on this board. By using that function you can see hosting suggestions as well as suggestions and opinions on domain registars from the people who have "been there done that".
Hope this helps a little.
A couple of other thoughts:
Registering your Domain Name:
1) Whatever you do, DON'T allow your ISP to register your domain for you. That gives them too much control.
2) Consider using a Registrar that provides DNS service. That way, if you need to switch hosts later on, you can change the DNS yourself(DNS is what tells the internet where your website is, i.e. what server it is on).
I use register.com even though they are not the cheapest - they have lots of features that I like. There are others though - but IMHO avoid resellers and the like. Deal with a real player.
Choosing A Host:
Decide what you want/need from your site and choose a host accordingly. If you don't need things like a shopping cart, PHPnuke, etc, than don't pay more to get them. You can always switch to another host or upgrade your plan. If you are a newbie and support is important to you, call the support line for a prospective host and see if you get through. Many hosts offer a free 30 day trial - take advantage of those kind of offers and try them out.
Just shop around and also check some web host rating sites for more info.
I did a bit more research and I found that my choices are quite limited.
I'm in Singapore, and here they only allow indidivuals to register *.per.sg level domain names (com.sg and org.sg are reserved for orgs and companies) and you must register through one of the 8 agents .
Because I'm a newbie at this I will probably let the company that registers for me, host my website so I will have to choose from the 8.
I'm attempted to go for a international .com or .org domain name, the price isn't that much more, but I propably don't need myname.org..
Just a hobby site.
Big_Balou , I actually see that all 8 generally talk about unlimited bandwidth. This won't be a big concern I think, since my current site draws about maybe a merger 100-200 hits daily.
Good advice about the raw logs, I will definitely ask for them.
No, I won't be using my ISP to register my domain name. I'm choosing to go with one of the smaller ones. They tend to provide better Tech support I think compared to the big ISPs, where webhosting is not their core business.
The 2 webhost I'm looking at now are
I'm still not certain if any of the above has a DNS service, or even what it is, but I'm do a bit more of reading.
I'm working under a time constrain since my current site will be down in 3 months time, and I would like to set up a redirect as soon as possible and warn the sites that link to me to change early.
Thanks for the replies