In my opinion, about 90% of you should probably be considering a shared hosting package. This will be ample for your needs and if you decide you want to upgrade to dedicated hosting in the future, it should be easy to do so. Just ask your host provider.
I pay £3.40 ($6.60) per month for a deluxe hosting plan from Go Daddy and receive..
• 150 GB Space
• 1,500 GB Transfer
• 500 Email Accounts
• Unlimited Web sites
• Free Software
• 25 MySQL Databases
• Unlimited Email Forwards
• Go Daddy Hosting Connection
• £12 Google AdWords Credit
• £25 Microsoft Ad Centre Credit
• Free Google Webmaster Tools
..and a few other bits and bobs.
This is way more than I need, but gives me plenty of room for expansion in the future.
This advice sounds like a plug for Go Daddy and I suppose now it is, but when I initially wrote this I didn’t get paid for my recommendations, it’s just that I shopped around for a couple of days and found their package to be the best deal for me. Now, a few months later I’ve updated this page and placed an affiliate link below, so if you follow the link and sign up to buy a hosting package or domain name then I’ll get a few pennies.
Click the link below to check out their site.
Remember, if you are buying a hosting package, it’s the amount of space, transfer, email accounts, email forwards and having the ability to create unlimited web sites or sub domains in your one account that will make the difference. These are all things you’ll need to be aware of in order to make the most of your hosting package in the long term future.
Don’t forget to check out the provider’s down time record as well. It should be at least 99.9%, although proving it is a different matter.
Some providers will limit the amount of sites or sub domains you can set up with one hosting package. This is not on, as you should be able to pay for one hosting account and set up as many web sites as you like in that one account, as long as your space and bandwidth can handle it. Even for an average user with many sites , this should not be an issue.
Problem Solving with your Host Provider
One last note I would like to add, is that with a huge provider like Go Daddy, you either love them or hate them. In my opinion they are pretty good and if you do get a problem with your account, they have a 24 hr help line you can call. ‘That might be ok if you live in America’ I hear you say, but if you live in the UK or Australia etc. you won’t want to pay £2 a minute to call the USA. Especially if you get put on hold for half an hour every time there’s a problem.
That’s when you check out Google for cheap International call providers. In the UK, I regularly use the Money Saving Expert International Call Checker
This one is for calling anywhere in the world from the UK but there are loads of other call checkers on line for calling from different countries.
Simply select your country and view prices. You can call America from the UK from 0.5p per minute.
I find the 0.5ppm lines can be temperamental and sometimes you may get cut off after a minute or two. If this happens try a few of the other 1 or 2 ppm lines until you find a good one and use it regularly . I call the USA and South America many times a week using these services and have never had a problem.
You simply dial a prefix number, then the country code and then the telephone number of the person you are trying to reach.
Some lines may not always not connect as well. This isn’t a problem as if you get cut off, you have generally only wasted a few pence. Find a good line and stick to it.
Hopefully you won’t need to contact your host provider at all, but a word of advice if you do.
DO NOT BOTHER CONTACTING ANY HOST PROVIDER BY EMAIL – USE THE PHONE
You will end up waiting for anything from 5 – 24 hours for an email response. Usually, once you have responded, you will have to then wait another day or so for their second reply and then repeat the process over and over again until the issue is finally resolved.
It’s just not worth it. No one ever solved a problem by email in less than three exchanges or replies. This could mean waiting days to even get your host to understand your issue, let alone solve the problem. Just pick up the phone and get it sorted in minutes instead of days. Even if it’s 4 in the morning, there should be someone on the line ready to solve your problem. If not, get a different host provider that provides free 24 hour support.
So that’s it. Get your self a domain name, a decent host provider and get online.
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