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Cheap but Good Web Hosting

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Cheap but Good Web Hosting

Hi.

My wife has a website for her very small side business, gets less than 100-120 unique hits/YR. I originally used Blu domain for hosting along with purchase of a site.

Looking to move the hosting to something much cheaper -but good support. I am a complete noob with this stuff. Mostly, set it and forget it type of thing

Price Range - Not sure what the going rate is for cheap but good..... :D :D
Thanks
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Theres a few free hosting offer in the freebies section if you don't need that much space
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Thank guys for quick response...
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Check out Crocweb -- They're Canadian company with servers in Montreal. Speeds are great (if your audience is primarily in Canada).

I've used Stablehost as well, they're great too. No complaints. Crocweb is cheaper and faster for Canadian audiences.

You can find some coupons on webhostingtalk.com
Crocweb - http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1430025
Stablehost - http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=874754
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If it's static content, I'd go with S3.
I've never liked shared hosts.
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death_hawk wrote: If it's static content, I'd go with S3.
I've never liked shared hosts.
I've always wanted to check out AWS.
I could never understand the pricing.
What do they offer for FREE?
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It's only free for a year. http://aws.amazon.com/free/

Even if you pay for it, you're looking at $0.03/GB storage and $0.12/GB bandwidth.
For a static site, you're looking at like $1/month if that. Plus you're on a known host.
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YYZviaYUL wrote: Check out Crocweb -- They're Canadian company with servers in Montreal. Speeds are great (if your audience is primarily in Canada).

I've used Stablehost as well, they're great too. No complaints. Crocweb is cheaper and faster for Canadian audiences.

You can find some coupons on webhostingtalk.com
Crocweb - http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1430025
Stablehost - http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=874754
Came here to suggest Crocweb, beat me to it! Good company.

Is the website dynamic or static html? You could even buy a cheap VPS for $12/$15/year. Install Apache/nginx and be done with it (but you said you're a complete noob, this might not be the best idea).

EDIT : Yeah, scrap the VPS idea. Go with Crocweb!
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If it's a static website github could host it for free.
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If it's a static page and you get 100 people/year... then point your domain to a free dropbox's public folder.
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death_hawk wrote: It's only free for a year. http://aws.amazon.com/free/

Even if you pay for it, you're looking at $0.03/GB storage and $0.12/GB bandwidth.
For a static site, you're looking at like $1/month if that. Plus you're on a known host.
Plus $17/month for a VPS. Or is S3 content accessible over the web? You could just slap a domain with URL redirect service on top of that and not need a VPS...
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�� wrote: Plus $17/month for a VPS. Or is S3 content accessible over the web? You could just slap a domain with URL redirect service on top of that and not need a VPS...
You don't need a vps or ec2 instance to serve static s3 content. This won't work of course if your site uses a database (ie CMS like wordpress) or any server based runtime dependencies.
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I also am using Stablehost and haven't had any issues.
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Ebeniz wrote: If it's a static page and you get 100 people/year... then point your domain to a free dropbox's public folder.
Since I am a NOOB, can you tell me exactly how to do this?
thanks
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Shiftup wrote: Since I am a NOOB, can you tell me exactly how to do this?
thanks
Basically, you drop all your HTML, CSS and IMAGE files in your public folder in dropbox. Right click on your index.html and "Copy public link" and that's your website.

http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/h ... te_dropbox

Now point your domain name name to this "public link"

That's it, and remember that you are limited to 10GB a day of bandwidth

If you need to build your website from scratch then maybe this is not the best option for you. You might want to look for a site builder and hosting like Squarespace or something.
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Why not use GoDaddy? They have a sale on right now for $4 a month (half price). You get 100GB storage, 100 e-mail addresses, one website, and unlimited bandwidth.
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Of the dozen or so web hosting services I have used, I too would recommend Stablehost. They sometimes offer great deals - I have a web hosting account with them for $23/year (75% off for life) that gives me 15 Gbytes, and that's fine for my purposes. They usually have Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, so now would be a good time to check.

I generally prefer a host with the standard Apache/cpanel interface and no arbitrary limitations on things like number of email accounts or number of databases. If you're going to invest your time and effort in learning anything, it might as well be the most common hosting environment.

Another inexpensive alternative is that the major ISPs (Bell/Rogers/Telus/Shaw etc) offer a small cheap web hosting capability for free with your regular internet account. It's usually very limited, but might do for your purposes. I hesitate to recommend it because I don't recommend anything that ties you to one ISP.

I appreciate the information in this thread that I wasn't aware of about AWS and Dropbox - thanks to those posters.

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