What do you want in a free host?

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Hello everyone. I am developing IsMyWebsite as a partnership with a hosting company(EvenHosting is most likely at this point) and am trying to get some opinions on a few things. Firstly some ideas I have:

Your account starts as a Noob account. After 3 weeks of activity and a good site built up, you are advanced to a Basic account. From there you can advance to an Advanced account, and finally a lucky few should make it to a Pro account. At every stage your site will be reviewed by experienced volunteers. Using this approach, I can give more system resources to those deserving of it, and help weed out the less deserving sites.

My second idea was to allow individuals to have almost full control over the placement and colouring of their ads. I realize this has a lot of potential for abuse, so anyone delibrately hiding or inappropriately displaying ads will be shut down the moment it is noticed without warning.

Other features I was planning:
-Subdomain(yoursite.ismywebsite.com)
-PHP support(limited in Noob account)
-HTML editor
-File Upload
-FTP(for Basic, Advanced, and Pro accounts)
-Auto-forwarder Email Address(yoursite@ismywebsite.com)
-MySQL support
-Noob 10MB storage space, Basic 100 MB, Advanced 1000 MB, Pro 10000 MB
-Noob 100 MB monthly transfer, Basic 1 GB, Advanced 10 GB, 100 Gb Pro
-Forum for webmasters
-Link Exchange Program
-Custom Error Page(after Noob)
-Statistical Analysis

Is there anything I should add? Any thoughts?
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Sounds sweet as, you've got a good idea in the making there. Can't wait to see it up and running.
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Hi there,

It's great to hear that you found a partner(hosting company). So now you are up to startup your thouhts or ideas to run on the top.


Good luck man

waiting to see your site up.


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Niiiiiice
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nice one, evenhost is really good he is hosting my new website!
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So I have everything a new webmaster would want? And yes I had a good feeling about EvenHosting...
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Azoundria wrote:
Is there anything I should add? Any thoughts?

SQL

EDIT: ehh.. i said nothing :oops:
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yer execpt SQL as STeeLRaT said. it sounds good.
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Sounds like a good idea. Keep us up-to-date with your latest news.

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I have MySQL. Is that different from plain SQL? I have limited knowledge of what exactly that is, as I don't use it, so if you could help me out here.

And I was looking at other free hosts and they're ranging from 100 MB to 10000 MB for the newer ones. Should I offer more storage?

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EDIT: ehh.. i said nothing

Please do not be afraid to approach me with suggestions. I want to create the best free host I can...
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Yes , there are lot of difference between MySQL and MS SQL.

MySQL is a free version and MS SQL is a paid one and there are lots more difference you can find like I believe MSSQL is like ~$1,000 or so? MySQL = free.

MSSQL is a little more powerfull database server, but it does cost money.

MySQL beats the *plum* out of MSSQL, but MSSQL is more secure.

If you're the type to get on the phone with tech support, then you may actually prefer MS SQL option... that's the kind of thing you're paying for.


If this information proves important to you then please let me know.


Regards/Puneet M.
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Since you have a free host, MySQL would be the best choice. It's free. I have a payed host and they also offer me MySQL, I use it every day, I'm administrator on a message board. I wouldn't take that payed host if I had to pay for MSSQL, I just don't need it.

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ehh.. i said nothing

This was because I didn't check the list good; I saw SQL after I post this.
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Ok. I'll ask evenhosting. They might already have SQL or else I wont bother with it. That leaves my last question...

I was hunting around looking at all the other free hosts and offered storage ranges from 100 Mb to 10000 Mb for the newer services. I was wondering if I should be offering more storage.
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Yes you should think about that. If people want to make a website with many photo's, you don't have enough. But you should redirect them to imageshack. I would say the 10 mb is only for uploading the pages.
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Azoundria wrote:
Ok. I'll ask evenhosting. They might already have SQL or else I wont bother with it. That leaves my last question...

I was hunting around looking at all the other free hosts and offered storage ranges from 100 Mb to 10000 Mb for the newer services. I was wondering if I should be offering more storage.


i would offer about 150mb if that is possible but not alot more than that unless its a special offer like what i got with evenhosting. as you are a free host people cant expect you to offer as much storage unless they are paying for it.
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why you qoute your own text :shock: ?
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Millsons Leather wrote:
Yes , there are lot of difference between MySQL and MS SQL.

MySQL is a free version and MS SQL is a paid one and there are lots more difference you can find like I believe MSSQL is like ~$1,000 or so? MySQL = free.

MSSQL is a little more powerfull database server, but it does cost money.

MySQL beats the *plum* out of MSSQL, but MSSQL is more secure.

If you're the type to get on the phone with tech support, then you may actually prefer MS SQL option... that's the kind of thing you're paying for.


If this information proves important to you then please let me know.


Regards/Puneet M.


Uhm, no.

MySQl can be just as secure as any commercial database product; it's about the connections which may be encrypted or may not be. What often makes MySQL a problem is the implementor.

MySQL can be powerful, and is approaching enterprise, however postgres is already there, but less powerful. Both are open source.

I would hardly call MS SQL secure by any stretch of the imagination.
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Ok I have made a final decisions. The storage will be:

Noob 10 Mb
Basic 100 Mb
Advanced 1000 Mb
Pro 10000 Mb
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nice
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It is nice and please keep updated when it is lauched.
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I have just opened a mailing list for all who would like to be notified when the site launches:
http://www.ismywebsite.com/
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Launch in March 2007? Wow, thats a long time! Any reason you're holding back the release date for so long?
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I have a lot to learn and get ready, and I am busy with quite a few other projects. Also my domain is hosted with n1netsolutions and I'm not sure how to transfer it. It expires in March so i figured it would be easier just to transfer it through reregistration.

March will come rather quickly and the more emails on the mailing list the faster I get things done (because I use that to measure the potential success of the project). I'm still on planning stage and havent started building anything except the mailing list page yet.
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owell. i hope all goes well.and i joined the mailing list from a while back when you posted on the evenhosting forum about it =] good luck man.
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O'k, nice plan, my suggestion is to add multiple domains!
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Advanced accounts already get up to 3 domains, and pro accounts 12. Should I add more?

Also I started on a new website design which even the cynical people I know thought was good. Should have it uploaded some time this weekend.
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yer, this looks really good. i liked your first page design which you posted on evenhosting, =]
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Have added a number of new pages to the site. What does everyone think?
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Looks nice.
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I would probably do something like this for storage space:
-Noob 50MB storage space, Basic 150 MB, Advanced 1000 MB, Pro 10000 MB

That should offer enough to get them started, allowing room for a few images in there.

Also, can you limit the number of MySQL databases that someone can have? Like offer 1 for Noob, 5 for Basic, 15 for Advanced, and 25 for Pro or soemthing like that. It isn't necessary but it is a nice feature to keep the databases for different projects seperated.

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