As the time draws near for me to turn in my final project for Web II, I need to find myself a web host for it. The requirements are:
- Not a free site. We cannot have ads on the site unless they are part of the design (ie: ads for My site, not something else).
- I need to register a domain name for it. This I'm not too worried about (getting the name, that is). Since the name is the name of my D&D world, I don't think it'll be taken... *crosses fingers, because you never know* I've never searched for it, so the chances are even less.
- Something not too expensive on a yearly basis. Even though I only really need to keep this up for a month, I would really like to keep it up and running and build on it as time goes by.
I don't really need a lot of special capabilities as far as server-side goes. Eventually, the ability to allow logins, and to control access based on that login would be handy, but not necessary right now. I don't know how to implement that yet, and won't until I can.
So who has had experience with hosting and building their own sites? Who should I look into and who should I avoid?
I've looked at go-daddy and their prices seem pretty good, but I've heard some stories about people trying to move to someone else and having a hard time being able to do that.
I've also used 50-webs hosting for a freebie host service for past classes but unfortunately, I can't do the freebie site.
Searching brings up a ton of options, and I'm dumb-founded about the number. I don't want to get stuck with someone who's going to screw me in the long run.
Oh yea, what about backups? Do most hosting services back up data? Should it be something I should check for when I search? I mean, I have copies of everything on the site, ideally....
What difference (other than reliability?) does the host type matter (ie: Win vs Linux)?
Eric the Grey