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To start off with, I have no formal computer training. Like many, I started off with the free space my IP provided, and Netscape Gold 2.0. The site is now on it's own domain, however most of the grunt work is still done by Netscape (4.04 Composer).
After a lot of reading, experimenting, and asking questions, the site has changed and grown not only in size but quality.
I use the old rule of life, "KISS" (Keep It Simple, Stupid).
You will also notice very little usage of plug-ins. Other than to hear the background music on some pages, there is no need for them here. I think it is rather rude to require someone to add, more software to their machine, just so they can visit.
Java is limited also, to only where needed. Many times it takes longer to make something work, with out using java. However, more people can access, with out the fear of crashing, or waiting for the script to load.
Very little graphics, is another one of my trademarks. While most Americans have flat rate, unlimited dial-up service, this isn't true world wide. Many people have to pay by the minute! Unless the graphic is serving a functional purpose, I keep it small, and only use enough to add a little spice to the page. I try to take advantage of the visitors cache, by using the same background graphic and navigation graphics on each page, it only has to be loaded once. Speeding up load time.
There are many different companies offering this service, prices can range from free to hundreds of dollars. I spent three weeks, comparing rates, services, and checking references before I picked Affinity. Right now I'm running 5 commercial sites plus this personal site with this company. Since November of 97, there has been a couple of headaches, however they been on top of the situation every time. (all hosts have bad days, at one time or the other) The worst, was that the server was off line for 6 hours once. They offer both UNIX & Win servers, this site is on the UNIX, while 3 of the commercial sites are on the Win server (the Win, is set-up for SSL, better known as secure sites, used for online ordering).
Why I choose Affinity - for $19.95 a month I get:
25 POP - email address and unlimited aliases
They will register domain names for you, at no extra charge
Good tech support!
They have a Site Control panel that makes managing the site a piece of cake.
There are many free services, however they are either limited when it comes to abilities, or require some type of advertisement. So I choose a commercial counter "dbasics". In the beginning, when this was a small site on the free space I used the service (pay by the month, using their server), however as the site grew and attracted more people it became more practical to buy the code, and run it off my site. The company offers GREAT tech support, trust me in the early days they heard from me a lot. Installing the code on your own host isn't like doing brain surgery, but on the other hand it isn't easy either. For a small fee they will do the install, unless you are cgi savvy, I would suggest letting them install it! On the other hand if you are using the service, it's very easy.
Why did I pick NetMechanic over Website Garage, the answer is simple. The Garage didn't exist when I first found the Mechanic, also the Garage will only check the first 25 links on a page for free, while the Mechanic will do hundreds! For a small site, the Mechanic offers everything you will need for free, for bigger sites like this one the fee is only a token, for the time saved. I also prefer doing business with smaller companies that treat you like a person, rather than larger companies who treat you as an account #.