I can't find anywhere else to post this and after asking a great friend of mine, I'm asking you all to see if you know differently.
I'm creating a website. I'm creating it on my MacBook Pro exporting (I think) something called an FTP file. Do any of you know any companies that will host the FTP file for a inexpensive price coupled with a great service? Is creating the site on my computer and exporting the FTP files the best way to create a site? Any better options?
Thank you for your help.
Hey Josh, I maintain several websites, FTP is the program you use to upload or download the files that is your website.
Give me a better idea on what kind of website it is and what range of viewership you are expecting. I have been using a company called Surpass for my web hosting. They are based out of Orlando Fl. I pay $150 a year for the pro service but they have cheeper plans available.
What software are you using to create the website?
Josh, there are free hosting options available, but you will have to deal with limited space / limited options / forced ads / weird domain names (see http://www.veganlif.itgo.com/ it was one of my first sites I built freeservers.com is the hosting. (There are others out there).
A quick google search reveals that iWeb has an FTP client built into it which allows you to upload and download the files to the website. If you don't use a free hosting service you will also need to pay a cost for the domain name (eg vegweb.com) Surpass offers that service as well, but there are others out there that offers that service.
Professional opinion, stay away from godaddy and networksolutions
You may also look into your ISP to see if they offer a hosting solution, again will probably have something like web.isp.com/yournamehere or soemthign like that. I also think Apple offers some kind of hosting solution as well, check with them.