KAL_LM From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 497 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2001 times:
Heres the situation...
My folks (and wife's) have been getting on our case about pictures from our wedding, and since getting prints for everyone will be too expensive, I had the bright idea of putting up a small personal site to post them so our family can view them. Problem is I know very little about web-hosting, or even web design (I'm learning that though to see what I can do) and was hoping someone out here could give me some guidance...
So my questions are:
What is a good size allowance? (10MB, 25MB, 100Mb?)
What about transfer rates? (10GB, 20GB etc.)
Should I get a registered domain name, or use a generic like freeservers?
Anything else I should compare when checking out various sources?
Any suggestions from those who have done this might have?
Thanks for your help!
is that a light at the end of the tunnel or just a train?
My hosting and domain regirstration is with http://www.directnic.com . Registering a domain name is only $15/year, which includes free hosting, plus another $15 to lose the ads.
This so-called "bannerless hosting" includes 2 GB transfer rate per year, and 20 MB of actual disk space. Of course, you can buy more of both disk space and bandwidth. I just stayed with the minimum for the following reason.....
Since I am a Mac owner, I signed up to .Mac (dot-Mac) which has the best on-line photo album I've seen, and it includes 100 MB disk space. You can see the pictures I have already uploaded. These albums can be created in minutes.
I suggest you compress your pictures to about 50-100 K, so you can pack 10-20 per MB and still have them look good on a computer screen. Thus, 1000 pics will take up about 75 MB. If 10 relatives view all your pics twice a year, that's 20x75 = 1500 MB/year, or 1.5 GB/year.
I'll be glad to answer any specific questions you may have -- just post them here.
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1986 times:
I suggest you don't take advantage of those cheap or free ones... I highly recommend Hostmysite.com they are really professional, their support is excellent!
Netfirms.com is also pretty good but sometimes a little more expensive..
Prohosting.com seems to offer very attractive package now and even have a live customer support, I was close to choosing them a while back but they didn't have live support which I didn't like. But now they seem to be good..