So I woke up this morning and had an epiphany of some sort: I think I'm ready to become a webmaster and start my own hamster website. Well maybe not, but I want to start something. I want to start my own forum. That's the main motivation for this topic. I need suggestions on which web hosting providers I should look into? There's so many to choose from. Basically, my budget is somewhere near $5/month. Is that good? I don't know how much webspace I'll need to begin with. Also, what's the minimum monthly traffic limit I should consider given that it's a forum? Do texts cost that much? Also, is it better to get a server running Linux, Windows, Apache or whatever? Does it really matter? What kinds of extra service should I also look into? Pop emails is not that important to me at this point. That's about it for now. I hope you enjoy answering my questions as much as I'll enjoy reading them.