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Questions On Web Hosting

Sat Nov 30, 2002 1:03 pm

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!

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RE: Questions On Web Hosting

Sat Nov 30, 2002 1:42 pm


I have a web site http://www.petesplaza.com and will be glad to offer you a few tidbits...

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.

There are other sites that offer online photo albums, and you can find them using a search engine. Here's one I just found... http://www.funtigo.com/?so=onLinePhotoAlbum. This one is $50/year.

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.

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RE: Questions On Web Hosting

Sat Nov 30, 2002 1:56 pm

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..
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RE: Questions On Web Hosting

Sat Nov 30, 2002 3:37 pm

If you're looking for a place to simply store/display your photos, then check this site out: http://www.pbase.com

All you do is upload the photos and put them in galleries. No painful web crap!

This is what it looks like (my gallery): http://www.pbase.com/shawnb777

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RE: Questions On Web Hosting

Sat Nov 30, 2002 10:35 pm

Go over to the Aviation Photography section and do a search for people that are whining about their photos being rejected.

A lot of them put a link to the photo which is on any number of websites dedicated to photo hosting.

You might be able to find some places that will host you if you look through those links.
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RE: Questions On Web Hosting

Tue Dec 03, 2002 3:34 pm

Thanks for all the ideas.
You can check out the results now. (check the profile for the address)

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RE: Questions On Web Hosting

Wed Dec 04, 2002 1:25 am

I had the same problem when I got married earlier this year-most of my family live 10,000 miles away so I simply scanned the prints and poated them on yahoo goecities-all you need is a yahoo account.

It worked ok for us, and people simply emailed us with their requests for prints.

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