Posted 29 October 2006 - 05:59 PM
Frankie12, you can use any web hosting company you want and still leave your domain at it's registrar where you registered it. Some may have you point to their nameservers and some may not.
Before you consider any hosting company, you'd better do these simple checks, or you may end up with a site that is literally banned from search engines and millions of other web sites.
1. Check out the ip address of the intended hosting company. This is where 99% of the people fail at. If that company is on a banned ip list, like PeerGuardian, for instance, then using an ip address from those bad companies will indeed keep your brand new web site blacklisted/banned.
2. Depending on what you are using the site for, you may request an ip address of your own (non-shared).
3. Some of the best hosting companies out there are the ones that are not mainstream. Meaning, they don't have millions of users on them. Try to stay away from those companies if you can.
4. Make sure the company supports everything you're looking to use on your site.. eg, MySQL, cgi-bins, email accounts, cron jobs, scripting, ftp access AND a control panel accees, and a host of other features that should be standard with the site package.
But at less than $3 per month, I'm second to say that you'll probably get a 1 page or so web site, with nothing much after that. That's just my take on it.
I buy and sell domain names, and I'm a hosting company myself. The reason I haven't hosted as a company yet is because I've been too busy doing other projects, and I don't have a team to help out with support emails. I could do it for awhile, but if word gets out about my packages and my prices, I'll have to hire some support, which I don't mind. Right now I own approximately 135 domain names, and I have many of the sites up and running right now.
I plan on expanding by the end of this year, and going full flesh with my hosting business. Just look around and see who can offer you what you need, and if you're still at a stand-still, you can post back here and I'll post the link where you can demo the control panel and what you'll get, and I can let you test drive a server for 30 days FREE of charge. As far a cost, I was thinking about $10-$20 per month for about 5Gigs of space. I'll reseach more on who's out there and what they offer, then I'll charge less than all of them.
Remember: no matter what hosting company you go with, you want to make sure they're not on any kind of ip address blocked list.
One Man's Opinion