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Need HOSTING SERVICE newbie advice / Starting an informative website

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by abyssal_miss, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. abyssal_miss

    abyssal_miss Power Member

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    Hello everyone.

    Thanks in advanced for reading and for any advice given. This will be kind of long and I apologize for all the newbie questions.



    Firstly I'd like to say that I have never hosted my own site, but own a successful forum for its niche with a close friend. I really know nothing about Website hosting and services and I'd like to learn more about my options. I'll add that though I co-own a forum, I don't know much about the technical aspects, I have mainly dealt with content, and starting to learn more about the SEO side.

    It would be a mainly informative site, the subject a close interest of mine. Mainly non-profit but I could see it maybe bringing some revenues through adsense or something similar.

    Well tonight I decided to do some keyword research and was amazed at what I found, and seems like I have really found a nice jackpot, the fact that it was my subject of interest was just the bonus. :)



    Now, for you to get an idea of what type of site services and hosting I'm looking for I should probably run you through what types of things my site will provide.

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    -Because it will be an informative website I will be doing daily/weekly updates through a blog section of the site.
    -I will have permanent content, up to say 10 Categories, and up to maybe 100 subcategories (the subcategories would simply be pages of 4-5 paragraphs and 3-5 pictures).
    -I would like to integrate a fully functional forum.
    -SEO friendly
    -Needs to have good templates that are customizable for the coding-challenged people like me. I'll be finding a template that suits what I'm looking for and then tweeking it to fit my site better.

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    Faiiiirrllly basic right?


    I have heard good things about Wordpress, but am not sure if I can integrate all these features cost-effectively (an important aspect to begin with). I know they have tons of SEO add-ons, but beyond that I'm not sure how cost effect their hosting and additional costs are and if I can integrate all these features. How is their space and could you give an estimate of how much I'll need?

    Are there cheaper alternatives that are just as good if not better?


    Oh and I almost forgot to mention, my budget right now is $300-$400 TOPS. If you could estimate costs that would be bonus help. :p


    Abyssal_Miss <3
     
  2. ezlegion

    ezlegion Senior Member

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    Hi Abyssal_Miss,
    I manage a hosting service here on BHW - I will help and whether you use our service or not I will try to give you the best advice I can. I will pm you :)
    Ben
     
  3. abyssal_miss

    abyssal_miss Power Member

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    ezlegion: Thanks for the PM, I will probably hit you up with some more questions in the future, I can't PM back yet.

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    Looking at Wordpress, I'm not sure it's the right option seeing as I'm not sure I can integrate a forum. I did find a forum plugin made by Wordpress but didn't seem to be anything as good as say PhpBB for example and is still in BETA..

    But the SEO plugins are sort of a selling point on their own. :confused:

    Anyone else have any thoughts?
     
  4. ezlegion

    ezlegion Senior Member

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    Hi abyssa_miss,
    I've accepted your friend request on skype if you want to chat about it all further.
    :)
     
  5. vinsarea1103

    vinsarea1103 Junior Member

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    well i have queries too.

    PM sent
     
  6. vinsarea1103

    vinsarea1103 Junior Member

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    hi ezlegion,
    please Pm me your gtalk/skype/messenger id so that i can connect with you
    regards
     
  7. nirma1230

    nirma1230 Newbie

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    One of the most crucial decisions that most online businesses have to make is choosing the best web hosting service. With a popular or well known and reliable Internet Service Provider (ISP) you won't face many problems, however with a poor web hosting service provider it can be a nightmare.
    Choosing the right kind of web hosting service can be a very daunting task at times as there are some very important features that you need to make sure of. Here you can find below what exactly to look for when choosing the best web hosting service.
    Amount of web space: A web hosting service provider would usually assign you a certain amount of space on their server. You need to ensure that does it have the right amount of space for your website and your business requirements. You might want to expand your online business tomorrow and would require much more space. So it's imperative for you that the web hosting company should be able to provide you with ample of space especially if your website is rich in graphics or has video clips.
    FTP access: FTP access is very crucial since it provides the ability to upload new pages. Some web hosting service providers allow you to just design your web pages with their own personal web builder. This may be useful for beginners however you need to ensure if they provide you the facility to expand later when you enhance your online business capabilities.
    Degree of reliability, security and speed of access: Speed, security and reliability are extremely important for the success of any online business. While choosing a reliable web hosting service you need to ensure that this is taken care of. A site that is not available, not updated on time or is down, will lose many online visitors. If an online visitor finds your site listed on a search engine, and he tries to access it but finds it down, he is sure to move on to the next link and you lose an important customer or visitor. Even slow working websites are very frustrating. So how do you know if a hosting company is reliable or not? By word of mouth or feedback from others! If that's not possible then you can yourself try accessing your site during peak hours and non-peak hours too. Your site has to be secure of intruders at the same time, especially if it's an ecommerce website.
    Dependence and support: Does the web hosting service provide 24x7 supports? Do they respond rapidly to your issue? Can you depend on them? If you need 24-hour technical support that larger companies need then expect to pay substantially more. In fact, people are much more expensive than machines.
    Pricing plans : Price is also one factor that you should look out for when choosing the best web hosting service. It's not necessarily true that the most expensive hosts are the best. Simply compare prices and services before you finalize one.
    Data transfer (Bandwidth): You also need to see if the hosting company provides you with sufficient bandwidth for efficient data transfer. After all it's your website and you need to ensure that you are getting the best services for the money you invest.
     
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  8. ezlegion

    ezlegion Senior Member

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    nirma1230,
    This is good advice - any hosting company that can give outstanding service is always a good measure to go by;)
     
  9. other_henry

    other_henry Junior Member

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    Note that FTP is an insecure protocol, your password and user name are sent as plain text.

    Get a host that offers sftp which encrypts your credentials. Most FTP clients support sftp if your host offers it.
     
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