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#373544 - 04/17/12 04:07 PM Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones?
nickbuol Offline
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I am looking for a no-frills web hosting company. My current one (whom I've been with for almost 8 years) send out an email that they are shutting down their personal hosting services and focusing on business services. Man, and they were all of $24.95 a year, locked in for life...

Anyway, I see a number of them out there in the $3.50 a month range, but that is for the first year, and then they jump up to something dumb like $6.95 or more a month after that.

I really use it mainly for hosting pictures of stuff. Sure, there are a few outdated webpages there too. No databases, no need for massive space, hundreds of email addresses that I won't use, or unlimited bandwidth.

I could probably just start converting things over to some sort of blog format and go free except for a domain name pointer, but I just don't have the stinking time right now with the basement/theater finishing, graduation for my daughter, the party that goes with it and millions of things that need to be done before then, the family vacation in June, etc...

Any ideas out there?
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#373545 - 04/17/12 04:16 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: nickbuol]
CatBrat Offline
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Use photobucket.com instead. It's free and can hold a slew of pictures.

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#373546 - 04/17/12 04:31 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: nickbuol]
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If you can forego the few webpages and stick to just pics, I'd probably go with Picasaweb (Google's Picasa) over PhotoBucket and the like. I've got both and find Picasa easier to manage, FWIW.

I pay about $100/yr for my Host Papa web hosting, but as you say, it comes with a bunch of stuff that you don't want/need.

Still, it's nice knowing that you own the site/property and you're generally not going to be affected by big policy changes or a site shutdown. It's all a trade-off, right?

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#373547 - 04/17/12 04:37 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: nickbuol]
nickbuol Offline
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The problem would be that most of my photos that I've linked into web forums are hosted at my domain. All of those links would be broken...
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#373548 - 04/17/12 04:44 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: nickbuol]
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I use midphase.com. This plan is $2.95/mo for 3 years with unlimited space and bandwidth.
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#373550 - 04/17/12 04:46 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: nickbuol]
Kruncher Offline
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Does that mean that your best option is to stay with your current provider and convert your "personal" site into a "business" site, paying whatever it is that they're asking, just to maintain existing links? Or will that even happen?

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#373551 - 04/17/12 04:48 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: pmbuko]
Kruncher Offline
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Wow, that's a good deal Peter.

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#373553 - 04/17/12 06:08 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: nickbuol]
dakkon Offline
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depending on what your needs are Nick, i use finitesite.com they have a personal webhost option that is free... i dont remember off hand how much storage that comes with, but it is good for hosting photos ect, that you might not want to put on photobucket, or what ever....


I have been using finitesite for about 12 years now... i think they have a 50$ option that is suppose to be for life.. You can read about that option if you want. (i'm to lazy to right now wink )

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#373557 - 04/17/12 07:37 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: Kruncher]
nickbuol Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kruncher
Does that mean that your best option is to stay with your current provider and convert your "personal" site into a "business" site, paying whatever it is that they're asking, just to maintain existing links? Or will that even happen?


Oh dear no... No need to convert to business. When I move to a different location, if it is web hosting vs. image storage (Photobucket and the like) my domain name transfers with it and it is sort of like moving. You pack up your stuff, take it to a new house, do a change of address, and done. All of your stuff is there, and because you did a change of address, people know how to find you... You just have a different house to hold you "stuff"...
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#373558 - 04/17/12 07:37 PM Re: Web Hosting Companies? Any decent and cheap ones? [Re: nickbuol]
nickbuol Offline
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I will check out midphase and finitesite tonight...
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