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Author Topic: Reliable Web Hosting for $5 or less?  (Read 1118 times)
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« on: February 16, 2015, 11:13:53 AM »

OK so I bought a domain name.  I had a good reliable Web Hosting on JaguarPC but instead of continuing to discount their prices they seem to be headed upward.  I don't really want to spend $9+/mo just to give away software.  But I want a commercial account to ensure I have control.

Anyone know of Web Hosting for $4 or $5 a month?  I don't need the shopping cart and all the rest.  Just unlimited download bandwidth, an included email account for support, and the ability to post a donate button. I don't see a need for more than 3 pages and I can squeeze it all into a one page list if necessary.  I guess the main idea is I don't want to kill myself with bells, whistles and wallpaper just to give stuff away.  I'll probably use a list generator with short descriptions for each utility.

An outfit known for up time and no shenanigans would be great.  smiley


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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2015, 11:22:50 AM »

I host my blog with these guys, for 6 years now. I'm happy with them, and the price of 12 dollars a year is really as cheap as it gets.

Yes, there's a huge difference between 99.999% uptime guarantee and 99.9%. But come on, 1 dollar per month.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2015, 01:37:29 PM »

-eleman: i don't think the people you like will let you distribute software from a shared server account. you couldn't last time i looked at their policy when i was shopping for a host. you needed to make special arrangements with them to do that. but maybe they allow it now? :-)
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2015, 01:41:22 PM »

Looks like that's still the case:

http://www.hostso.com/policies_tos_agreements.php

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HostSo's shared Web Hosting accounts are not to be used for the purposes of distributing software and multimedia products. If you wish to distribute software and/or multimedia files, please contact <email address removed> for a special arrangement.
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2015, 02:19:38 PM »

-eleman: i don't think the people you like will let you distribute software from a shared server account. you couldn't last time i looked at their policy when i was shopping for a host. you needed to make special arrangements with them to do that. but maybe they allow it now? :-)

Uhh I didn't really think of that scenario. Yeah, it looks like a "special arrangement" is needed.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2015, 05:29:52 PM »

$5 * 12 months = $60 per year.

How about $2 per month, or $20 per year?

DC member pip2kk, who I have known for at least 13 years, owns a hosting company with some very reasonably priced plans: http://www.mycustomhostin...et/cpanel-web-hosting.php

He won't do any hand holding, so if you don't know your way around Cpanel or don't know how to use a real hosting account, it might not be the right web host for you.
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2015, 10:21:07 PM »

Another option is HawkHost, they have a plan that fits the budget and bandwidth, been with them many years and happy. About software downloads, I think they allow it but just in case http://www.hawkhost.com/Legal
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 06:57:08 AM »

Thanks for the replies.  I appreciate the recommendations.  smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2015, 09:15:19 AM »

Another option is HawkHost, they have a plan that fits the budget and bandwidth, been with them many years and happy. About software downloads, I think they allow it but just in case http://www.hawkhost.com/Legal

I went with HH.  I found a coupon code online that sliced 25% off.  I got the basic account for about $3/month.  3 GB is more than enough.  When I was on Jaguar I think I used less than 1/4 GB for all my files.  smiley

I need to wait for stuff to propagate.  The WiFi here seems to intermittently block ftp upload but I should be able to get the stuff up there eventually.  smiley
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2015, 12:49:17 PM »

Good luck with your decision.

If it falls through at some point, I would recommend ASmallOrange (ASO)
Very good reputation for many years - I've had an account with them for a very long time now. Support levels & uptime both very high.
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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2015, 01:35:04 PM »

I use tumblr.com with my own domain name and host my downloads on http://my.cl.ly or DropBox

http://vdsfreak.com
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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2015, 05:47:41 AM »

Good luck with your decision.

If it falls through at some point, I would recommend ASmallOrange (ASO)
Very good reputation for many years - I've had an account with them for a very long time now. Support levels & uptime both very high.

Thanks.  I'll keep it in mind.
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« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2015, 05:48:06 AM »

I use tumblr.com with my own domain name and host my downloads on http://my.cl.ly or DropBox

http://vdsfreak.com

Thanks for the info.  smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2015, 06:00:09 AM »

While you're still shopping, look at Digital Ocean. It could fit the bill.
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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2015, 06:08:54 AM »

While you're still shopping, look at Digital Ocean. It could fit the bill.

I'm into these guys for 3 months at this point.  I hope it works out.  They sent me an email with temp url etc that gets a 404.  I hope it's not a harbinger of doom.  My first support ticket is already on the way.  smiley

I have to scout around and find a free WiFi that doesn't block ftp for when I upload.  Once the bugs are ironed out maybe I'll do one of those boilerplate template web designers.  I tried one out that actually didn't look too bad for $50.  The main gripe I have is that most of the ones I looked at convert your text to an image.  Paragraphs don't flow.  Kind of defeats the purpose of using a markup language.

We'll see how it goes.  smiley
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« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2015, 09:53:24 AM »

I wonder if anyone can do me a favor and just type
milesaheadsoftware.org
in any browser?

It seems the name servers for hawkhost are blocked on this WiFi.  But the really weird thing is even typing in the ip address in the address bar gets me a 404 error.  Pretty weird.
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« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2015, 10:09:10 AM »

Chrome on Linux works fine for me





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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2015, 10:29:38 AM »

Chrome on Linux works fine for me





Thank you.  I suspected it was this WiFi.  They may be blocking other dns so that their filters aren't bypassed.  Everyone is so paranoid about copyright this and that.  smiley

Seems like it's slowly coming into shape.  I'll have to find a WiFi that doesn't block ftp uploads.  It's a pain using those grids to upload via the web clicking on each file individually.  Ugh.  smiley
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2015, 10:41:59 AM »

Yay!  It propagated.  Am I allowed to post that?  I don't want people to think I have sesquipedalian proclivities.  Heh heh heh   Thmbsup
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