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Hi everyone,

I want to make a website to get the word out about a new mechanical product I have patented. I mainly want the website to show the design details and how the device operates. I will need to upload drawings, PDF or Word files, and may want a few simple GIF, MPEG, MOV, or Flash animation’s that can be downloaded from the site.

I have been looking into free web hosts and cheap paid hosts. There are so many my head is spinning. I need help deciding which one to go with, and I would like to get a recommendation on the best free hosts, and the best cheap paid host. Any recommendations or pointers you can give would be a big help. I have no experience designing websites, so I will need a wysiwyg interface. I am just going to keep it simple.

I had thought of creating two sites on two different free hosts. Then I could provide two links, one as the main site and one as a mirror. This way, if one site is down, the other will probably be up.

I also found web host where you pay once and then never again at this link…

http://www.lifetimewebhosting.com/?gaw=3

Paying only once sounds very appealing, but too good to be true.

Here are some free hosts I found…

http://www.profusehost.net/
http://www.10gb.org/
http://www.globat.com/
http://www.zeeblo.com/

Perhaps Yahoo Geocities or Tripod would be better than ones listed above, since they have been around longer ?

Here are some cheap paid hosts I have found…

http://www.ixwebhosting.com/
http://www.ipowerweb.com/
http://www.hostexcellence.com/

I would really appreciate you help deciding on what type of host (free or cheap paid) to use, and your recommendations for a free and paid host, depending on which way I decide. I'm operating on a tight budget, so If go with a paid host, it must be cheap.

Thanks for your help.
John
 

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I'm not really sure about paid hosting sites (or free ones for that matter) but if you have a computer at home that's always on you could host your own. Then you can go to a DNS forwarding site like DynDns.org and get a free accoung there. (Your website would be something like 'john2004mechanical.dyndns.org') Just make sure that your ISP allows it.
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Since you have files that will be downloaded via your website, and most likely you will expect quite a few visitors a month, I'm assuming, I would recommend paid hosting. It's not much, and you won't have any problems at all. I have personally used iPower, and I really liked it. Most of the time the servers are always up. I've actually never seen them down. They also have great support.

But instead of using www.ipowerweb.com, use www.ipower.com. They offer basic hosting for only 4 bucks a month.
 

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Hi guys,

Thanks for your replies. I don't have a computer I can keep on all time, so I can't run the site from home.

Knight_47, thanks for the tip on ipower.com and the $3.95 plan, I did not know about it. I thought their basic plan was around $7.95 per month. Can you please tell me how long you used Ipower ? Did you use ipowerweb or Ipower.com ? Are they owned by the same company ?

I have heard good reviews of www.ipowerweb.com before. If Ipower.com is the same company that is just offering a more basic service on www.ipower.com it may be just what I need. I looked at the features on www.ipower.com and a price of $3.95 per monnth for the features you get seems fine for me, if I can count on it being reliable and if I can get fairly decent support when I need it.

Any futher feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks again,
John
 

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Hi everyone,

I found out at the following site that www.ipower.com and www.ipowerweb.com are the same company...

http://www.10-cheapwebhosting.com/

They have selected the top free hosts on the site. The site also likes www.bluehost.com and www.lunarpages.com

I think I will start with the cheap $3.95 plan from www.ipower.com

It seems Ipower has been around awhile, and I have had other people recomend them. Plus, I just need something basic to start. I guess I can always upgrade if needed.

Thanks again guys,
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john2004 said:
It seems Ipower has been around awhile, and I have had other people recomend them. Plus, I just need something basic to start. I guess I can always upgrade if needed.
The biggest difference between the cheapest plans and the slightly higher plans is you get php and mysql with the slightly higher priced ones. There are other differences but those for the most part are inconsequential. You only need php and mysql if you want run server side scripts like a forum such as this one.
 

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john2004 said:
Hi guys,

Thanks for your replies. I don't have a computer I can keep on all time, so I can't run the site from home.

Knight_47, thanks for the tip on ipower.com and the $3.95 plan, I did not know about it. I thought their basic plan was around $7.95 per month. Can you please tell me how long you used Ipower ? Did you use ipowerweb or Ipower.com ? Are they owned by the same company ?

I have heard good reviews of www.ipowerweb.com before. If Ipower.com is the same company that is just offering a more basic service on www.ipower.com it may be just what I need. I looked at the features on www.ipower.com and a price of $3.95 per monnth for the features you get seems fine for me, if I can count on it being reliable and if I can get fairly decent support when I need it.

Any futher feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks again,
John
Yes I've used www.ipower.com, and I do believe they are the same company like you have found out already. But I didn't use the basic plan, I used the PRO plan. It's basically the same thing, except the PRO comes with some free scripts, more emails, and a little more room and bandwidth. The basic plan even supports PHP. I used iPower to create a customer site, it's still up to this day, it's been a little over a year now I think. I've never had any problems with it.

More info about the basic plan can be obtained here:

http://www.ipower.com/webhosting_starter.html
 
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