11-18-2005, 12:42 AM
The best host I've ever used, and the one I currently am using, is A Small Orange (link
). Unlimited email accounts, subdomains, MySQL databases (rare to find this unlimited), 400MB disk space (a LOT on the web), good bandwidth, and they have cPanel which is arguably the best site management tool available.
All that for like $5 per month. And they have bigger plans available, so you can switch whenever you like to suit your needs. If you go with them, just make sure you let them know who sent you
As far as software, I couldn't recommend anything beyond BBEdit and a good HTML and CSS book to get you started. I don't have a Mac, so I don't know all the good freebies for site building. My own hint? Start viewing page source and see if you can make sense out of it. Save it, alter it, hack it, check what you are doing by reloading it in your browser. Tinkering is a great way to learn!
Good luck! And I like the domain name names, by the way