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    I recently had a website built for me that I hope was very cheap, I sure it was. I am very happy with the site but they also have an offer of 2G hosting for $20 every year, reduced to $20 because they built the site.
    Am completely lost with regard to hosting, I have a retail site with about 500 products. I understand and don't believe there is such a thing as unlimited hosting.
    I want to know if this is cheap enough and big enough for what I need?

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    I would say NO! 500 products, if you plan on doing real business, you will need more than 2GB (is that a month or year?) and it will cost more than $20 a year. Try Hostgator and start with the Hatchling Plan and scale up if and as necessary for your business.

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    yeah, kralcx has a point, you need more space and it will definitely cost you more than $20 a year although i would recommend Host1Plus or GoDaddy instead of Hostgator
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    If they built the site and are offering 2GB, then they must be confident the site will fit that space. 500 items are really not that many, and unless you're using huge, badly-optimized images 2G should be ample. I just finished an e-commerce site with about 1200 items on it, using 7 images of each item, and it comes in at just under 900MB. The other thing is, if they built the site and are offering 2GB, then they must be confident the site will fit that space.

    I think a lot also depends on what platform your site is built on - is it a widely used cart like a Zen Cart or Magento? Or a custom build? Also, how is the database set up? How much traffic is there now? How much is expected? Are there going to be a lot more items added in the future? I'd say try the $20 hosting if it suits you right now - you can change later if you need to, and if you need to that should mean you'll be earning enough from the site not to worry about paying more.
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    +1 for AlphaMare. Spot on.

    Your designers will offer you space and bandwidth to suit the site they built for you no doubt.

    We host many sites with more than 500 products WELL under 1 gig of space, let alone 2 gigs. If you're uploading the product images yourself, as AlphaMare suggests, be sure to optimise your images well, not just for disk space but for speed of displaying your products to your prospective customers as well.

    Another thing to look for is whether they offer you cPanel or another control panel, just to make it easier for you to administer the hosting, add/mod/delete email addresses, etc.

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    I support the view that you'll probably have enough space but if you're running a serious business from that site 'cheap' shouldn't be your major concern.

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    I use 1and1.com ...They have a great value at hosting,like 20 dollars per year,with unlimited space and traffic...Till now I did not have any problems with them.
    Can check theyir offers here :

    Better hosting doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg!

    [EDIT: CJ.com link removed. Please don't drop affiliate links as per forum guidelines. Thanks. TheGAME1264]

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    OHS: you need to be careful when you're making recommendations like that. 1and1 does actually have some problems (specifically with PHP timeouts...try upgrading a phpBB install sometime and you'll see what I mean).
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    For me they do their job.
    The only problem on them,is that they not secure a domain when you buy it.
    The whole operation takes like 24 h ,and in this time,anybody can buy your pick up domain from others domain providers.
    I will upgrade to see what happening.

    And sorry for that affiliate link,it will not happen again.

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    If you choose to let them handle your hosting do you have a copy of your site code in case the people who built your site go out of business or stop paying their hosting bills? Big companies like Hostgator (for example) offer shared hosting plans starting at around $5 per month, do you think that the offer you mentioned can deliver the same level of service and reliability for half of that price? Your hosting is an investment in your business future success, cheapest price does not necessarily mean best value.


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