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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Siani needs your help!

No, this is NOT a sponsored post. Just me trying to come to a decision about web-hosting.

I nearly bought a domain name and web hosting package today. But I stopped myself at the last minute, as I'm still undecided. I've had a few recommendations for web hosts from some of you lovely folks - thank you - I really appreciate your advice. Sadly, most of the suggested hosts have been US-based. I'm sure the recommended hosts are very good, but being UK-based, it makes sense to get a UK host. I need customer services who are available during UK business hours, and also, as I only have a UK debit card, it would be impossible for me to pay a non-UK host.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheap and cheerful UK host? I'm probably going to get my domain name from 123 Reg, as I've used them in the past, and they're pretty cheap. I'm considering getting a hosting package with them, too. Do you use them for your hosting? What are they like?

The only package I can feasibly afford at the moment offers 100 MB of web space and 1500 MB of bandwidth/data transfer per month. Is that enough? Maybe I should dip into my meagre savings and go for the next package up from that.

If I set up a Blogger blog on my own domain, will my images still be hosted on Blogger, or will they be hosted on my domain? I've tried Wordpress, both the online and server-based versions, and I'm not keen on it, so I'll be sticking with Blogger. I'd really appreciate any help, because I don't want to waste what little money I have on the wrong choice of host or package. This domain would be for an entirely new blog, BTW. This one is staying where it is for now.

5 comments:

FRIGGA said...

I'm sorry, I'm completley and totally useless when it comes to this subject. Good luck though! :-)

the teach said...

Siani, I can't help you unfortunately! I am with Blogger and Wordpress and they seem to be sufficient to me...What would a web hosting service do besides give you your own domain name (Wordpress will give you your own domain name, I think) You said something about e-books and other freebies...What's that?

Let me know when you come to my blog and read my TT post (only if you want to). Thanks! :)

Nessa said...

I don't know anything either.

Aileni said...

I've sent you an email.
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The Pig's Lip said...

Hi Sian,
Personally I use blogger for all my websites now - both www.welcometogower.co.uk and www.welcometoglastonbury.co.uk are hosted by Blogger as I feel the system only needs a little tweaking to be able to become a fully functioning website. If I needed to host a .pdf or something then I would either have that on my ntl space or another free storage site. I would never go down the route of paid hosting again. I know Stella uses a paid host for www.explore-gower.co.uk as she uses a lot of server side technology but if it is an ordinary website you are using I would fiddle with the settings of blogger as I feel the benefits of blogger easily outweigh the financial losses of paid hosting

 
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