I'm thinking about moving my site (www.emudreams.web.com) to a 'real' host instead of a free one and registering a domainname for it.
I can't afford to pay too much (certainly not $150 ) for the domainname. Free domain parking would be great. Does anyone here know a good service to register and host my site? CGI stuff is not necessary, it may be quite basic, as long as it keeps working and the available bandwith isn't too small. Thanx!
Man this is hard! I've checked all of those companies, and I just can't decide...
I think I don't register a domainname yet, I'm using a redirect service now (web.com), and that works well enough for now. A free hosting service is enough for now.
And thanx guys! I never expected so many replies!
I've used TotalNIC a few times, and they work good. ALthough they are now a little expensive at $17.50 per year. I've heard Domain Monger is excellent also from a few people around the Internet.
As far as a host goes, I don't think Kryogen is what you need. They're mostly for hardcore PHP and CGI programmers. I've heard negative comments about HostRocket, and how they're support is slowing down, etc. I've heard that ThinkHost's servers are very fast, as well as their customer support. They'll also host your site for free if you're a web designer, which isn't a bad deal.
I'm not sure if it's as broad as "if you're a web designer, hosting is free"...but I do get the impression that developer accounts are offered fairly often...I am one in fact..and consider myself very fortunate.
Does thinkhost have any policies about which sites they accept and which not? If you guys have been on my site, you've seen that it carries emulators and not every host accepts that (especially not free hosts).
Has anyone heard of JMWebdesigns? They offer ad-free webspace (35 Mb). I've signed up, but they must first decide whether they accept my site or not.
Exactly, Wluke! Well...the emulators on my site are especially console emulators (N64, Snes, Nes, Gameboy, etc.) and they're legal as far as I know. I hope to add a few Windows and/or PC emulators on my site too, and they aren't illegal either. I just hope that JMWebdesigns lets me host my site on their server.
About thinkhost: I think they're one of the best host companies I've seen on the web. I'll certainly check the agreement!
Emulators are not necessarily illegal. If an emulator does not contain any code contained in the original system it is emulating, it is legal. The only way the emulator can contain code is under license from the original manufacturer. Case in point is Bleem. Bleem contains no Playstation code nor does it require a BIOS dump to work. Connectix's Playstation emulator was determined illegal because it required a BIOS dump to work correctly. An example of an Emulator that used Windows code to work properly is the Orange PC that used to be shipped for use in Macintosh computers, this was done on legal license from Microsoft which essentially insured every user was purchasing a full copy of Windows.
Distributing Game ROMs is Illegal. But if you legally own the CD or Cartridge the game came out on, you can make backups for your own use, same as with DVD, VHS, CD or cassettes. The only way to backup a cartridge is to dump it to a ROM. Modifying your game machine to play backups is also legal, though it will void the warranty.
You're right, Vinay, as usual, but when you only look at the technical details of those hosts, you'll see that they're quite similar. It's only the reason why they exists, because if they wouldn't make any money they would be complete idiots
Free hosts try to make money with advertising space, while commercial hosts ask you to pay a fee each month, but both want to make money. The biggest difference is that commercial hosts are forced to deliver excellent services, else nobody would even think about paying them to host a site, a free host doesn't have such a 'problem'. So you see, they've a lot in common.
Doesn't matter. Well I've read the terms and I understand from it that I can have everything on my site as long it's no porn or abusing stuff and that I'm fully responsible for the contents of my site.
Very clear, but it's the same with each hosting service, even the free one I'm with now (www.redrival.com) and they've about the same services as with your cheapest service (basic FTP) while they're totally free. So I'll have to think about it...
That's all true, but for the about 15 visitors a day I don't think I'll pay money for hosting. And about the webspace: my whole site (without the software) is less than 700 K, so I don't think that will be a problem in the nearby future.
Vinay: I don't see how...yes, it makes no sense to host commercially for a small website as he mentioned...but he did state that the services was basically the same...I simply corrected him, because I don't think that's really anywhere near the case.
I don't think he should host with ThinkHost getting 15 unique visitors a day...just pointing out that their services arn't the same...all apples here, man.
Vinay: yes, they're different business, but that just doesn't matter...everything I said was in response to a statement.
The statement was their they had basically the same services and features, but that RedRival was free...this is incorrect, and I pointed it out...never said it made sense to go with ThinkHost or that RedRival wasn't a high quality free host...
I simply pointed out the error in the statement...what's the problem? The hosts don't have to be the same type of host if all I'm doing is pointing out a slight mistake...so I don't see what your point is at all.
A free host's customers are his advertisers. A pay hosts customers are his paying hosting accounts. If I as a hosting customer don't like what I'm getting for my $XX.XX per month, then attempt to resolve it with the host. But with free hosts, they rarely work with the actual hosting accounts. Their responsibility is to deliver ads.
He means that you can't compare RedRival and a paid host. These are different categories, you can't compare them.
You can't say a TV is better than a computer. A computer may provide more information that a television can, but thats one of its purposes. A TV was meant to entertain us.
RedRival was meant to be a free host that was also good. ThinkHost was meant to be a paid host that was also good. Since they are in different categories, you can't rightly judge them. You could say "ThinkHost is better than Tele7" since they are in the same category, and serve the same purpose.
I hope this clears it up...basically what he is saying is that you can't compare apples to oranges while you can't compare ThinkHost to RedRival.
Yes, yes...I understand the difference between a free host and a commercial host, and how each of them rake in the cash...and I understand that RedRival is a high quality free host...BUT, I still have no idea why Vinay means by "apples and oranges"...all I did was address what I felt (and still feel) was an incorrect statement...so what's the problem?