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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:52
Swedish to English
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May 7, 2007

I'm trying to find a hosting service in the UK for non-professional use. Basically, I want to create a site where I can post my non-professional writing and possibly a blog. My 12 year old also wants his own site were he can post news etc to his WoW guild/friends (World of Warcraft for those who've not so far had the pleasure of encountering this addictive game). So if I can find a good 2 for 1 deal it would be great.

The ads I've found in my computer magazine are for 123-reg, fasthosts and 1&1. Has anyone have any experience of these companies? Any other good/cheap ones?

They all have different levels of package - i.e. web space, bandwidth, etc. As I have no idea of how much I would need, I would be grateful for some guidance.

What I don't need is any kind of included software for creating the site/s. I have Adobe GoLive and I've already forced my son to learn html & css (future proofing children is important these days, next he's having to learn Visual Basic).

Obviously I want to pay as little as possible (who doesn't), but at the same time get as much as possible.

Any thoughts/recommendations welcome.

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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:52
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Search newsgroup discussions or use ClaraNet May 7, 2007

You can search Newsgroups, either using your own "newsreader" (Outlook Express can be used as a newsreader) or via Google Groups:

e.g. if you go to the above Google site and click on "advanced groups search" you can specify a search, which I did to give the following:

will search Google's newsgroup archive over the past year for contributions containing "free" and "website" and not containing "design", and return 50 results per page.
This doesn't answer your question directly but it may help you to find an answer.

Another option is, for example, to have a "free trial" at ClaraNet. Go to

and click on "freetrial". This will give you an account with email (Web-mail with POP3 access) and 10 MB of webspace. The only cost is the 0845 phone calls you make to access it. Your website address will then be
(with your choice of username) and the amail address will be
I think you can also access an account of this type via your existing broadband connection (if you have one) and just need to use the 0845 number occasionally to keep the account alive. I have a non-free (i.e. paid-for) ClaraNet account that I access via a broadband connection not provided by Clara.
I can't find the freetrial number on the Clara website - I suppose you will be informed of the number when you register for an account.

Hope that helps


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:52
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Thank you Oliver May 7, 2007

This solution might be enough for my son, however he would disagree as he wants to register his own domain. He's a bit fed up with web site addresses that run on forever and nobody can remember.

For myself I'm after a paid for service as I want a 'proper' website address. I might also, in the future, want to expand this site and therefore want to register my own domain now.

Any other suggestions of good (but not too expensive) hosting services are very welcome.

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Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:52
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Why in the UK? May 8, 2007

I shopped around a bit a while ago for a reliable web hosting service and found ICDSoft. This company is located in Hongkong, I believe.

Recently, I added a second domain and website and I checked around again to find that they still offer very competitive rates.
I have no complaints at all regarding their services, options and customer service.

You can check them out at

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Owen Davies
Local time: 09:52
Member (2007)
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register4less May 8, 2007

I've registered a number of sites with these guys. They provide great service and quick (and friendly!) support.
They charge $14.95 a year, pretty sure its still the same. That gives you a bunch of stuff, including unlimited email aliases and, most importantly, 5MB of free storage. Doesn't sound like a great deal, but take a look at my site for an idea of what you can "squeeze" into that. My site is still under 2MB (the Japanese pages are not up yet, that's my fault not r4l!)
Good luck with your hunt!
All the best

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Amy Williams  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:52
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Zen May 8, 2007

Hi Madeleine,
I've found Zen Internet to be very reliable. Might be worth checking out.
Have a good week,

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ICL  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:52
English to Spanish
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Hi Madelaine,

I don't live in the UK (I am based in Germany), but years ago (at least 5), when looking for web hosting options, I decided to choose a UK-based provider, which to date has worked quite well for me (as you see, the address is in the title of my reply).

I don't know if you can consider them "cheap", but they do offer different hosting options/prices.

As to domain registration, I never chose to get a direct domain name (because I have not found it necessary/particularly useful to date), but I believe they offer domain name registration as well.

They also offer a quite useful bunch of tools for creating web sites without having to use a web-design program, including a tool for creating icons, graphics, etc.

The only thing I don't totally like is that in the option I chose they do not offer as much space capacity as other host providers, but so far it has been enough for my website.

I can recommend it based on my own experience, but I am sure there are lots of other options in the UK.

Best regards,


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Madeleine MacRae Klintebo  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:52
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Thanks May 8, 2007

Thanks Heike, Owen, Amy and Ivette,

I'll have a look at your suggestions come the weekend when I might possibly (?) have some time to myself.

I had never thought of the possibility of not using a UK based service, so this is a new avenue to explore.


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