Hoping someone can help me out with a bit of advice here about web hosting services
I'm thinking about starting a website, and need some opinions about domain names and the right sort of webhost for what I want to do.
A bit of background: One of my favourite hobbies (that Iíve been doing for years) is pottery Ė mostly small vases, bowls and the occasional figurine. Iíve made piles of the stuff LOL, but I still enjoy it so keep making more. I really donít have room for many more of my Ďcreationsí (LOL Ė I always find room for ďjust one moreĒ) and my family and friends are inundated, so Iíd quite like somewhere to show them off or where I can just look at what Iíve made without having to drag everything out of boxes (I did say Iíve made a ton of this stuff). Anyway, I was thinking about starting a website about crafts. Itíd be nice to have a site where I can compare notes with other people who're into the same sorts of things. Iím sure my long-suffering family would appreciate that too LOL.
So my questions are about webhosting and domain names and stuff. I donít understand all that sort of thing very well (dogs I understand, but Iím not really into computers LOL) and what Iím finding on the internet is just making me more confused. Whatís really the difference between webhosting and the space my internet provider will give me for free? I get something like 10Mb space and 10 email addresses with my internet connection Ė would that be enough for a site? A friend told me that if I want to have lots of pictures and a Ďgoodí domain name then I need to have my own dedicated server. Thatís the same as webhosting, right? Iím finding stuff about both on the same sites, but other than cost I donít really see the difference.
Hereís what I get with one webhost I was looking at. Anybody who can tell me if this looks suitable? TKI
750 MB Ultra Fast UK Web Space:Hosted in CWCS' secure UK Data Centre
Your Own Domain name: e.g www.yourdomain.co.uk
Supreme Control Panel v5.0: Manage your web site and email from the Web
High Speed Connections: Our main connection via MCI
5 POP3 Mail Boxes
1 Mailing List
Unlimited Email Autoresponders: Allows you to have an automated response for your email. For example, should you be on holiday.
Built-in Spam-Relay Protection: Our system can filter spam emails
Online File Manager: Manage your web site files online
Full Graphical Web Site Statistics: View your web site activity
Pre-Installed Scripts: - Including Full CGI & SSI Capabilities
5 GB Data Transfer (bandwidth) per month
Full FTP & SSH Telnet Access: FTP allows you to upload your web site. SSH Telnet allows is for advance development
Real Audio & Video Support: Gives the capibility for have a fully interactive site
Active Server Pages (ASP): Create dynamic content with ASP
Uninterruptable Power Supplies
High Speed connection to the Internet
Fast technical support via e-mail
FREE 24/7 Telephone Technical Support
Indepth Support Web Site
NO Setup Fee