foremost considerations when selecting a web-host provider are:
- level of help-desk support.
A lot of web-hosting companies can fail the test in
Your first question might be "Who do we use for
web-hosting?". We use a Melbourne based company called Hosting Bay. We have found them to provide great service, be
great value for money and extremely reliable. They have plans starting from
Au$3.97 p/mth (or Au$40 p/yr), and provide hosting packages on both
Unix and Windows
servers, in addition to providing Dedicated Hosting services (i.e.
your own server managed for you). Click on the banner
below to visit their homepage:
you have a large website with lots of traffic,
HostGator are great
value for money and packed with features. These guys are U.S. based
(Florida). Their "Baby Gator" plan currently offers
unlimited disk space
on a Linux server, with cPanel for $7.95 p/mth. The cPanel includes AWStats,
MySQL databses, Cron Jobs, and UNLIMITED 'Addon' Domain Names per
account. This means you can host an unlimited number of websites. Click Here for more info
can be a vast difference in pricing between providers when it comes to
domain registration, and here it's not really a question of
"getting what you pay for" as registering a domain name is a
pretty straight forward process.
Australian .com.au domains, again we use Hosting Bay
as they are very reasonable at around at Au$77 for 2yr .com.au domain
.com domains, we use GoDaddy.com
as we find they are the cheapest
at about US$7.49 p/domain (US$3.99 p/domain if combined with any of
their other services), and they
also provide good service. You can also register .com domains with Hosting Bay,
but they are a bit dearer at Au$17 p/domain (at the time of writing).
You can register any number of .com domains, but .com.au domains are
slightly more restrictive. To register a .com.au domain, you'll need
an ABN and your domain name will need to either match your business
name, or the requirement is that there be a "close and
substantial" relationship between what your business offers and
the domain name that you're registering.
You might like to also download my free
QuickStart Guide. Right
click the image below and select "Save Target As" to download
to the Internet
Business overview page.