web hosting ideas?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Sat Jul 7 22:12:56 UTC 2018

Hi Ken,
Will explore the resources   you provide here.
As stated, i have absolute zero interest in  managing the setup on my own. 
i wish to know they will manage the servers, upgrade the software  and 
everything else.
shellworld is a good example  of the sort of service I wish, with my 
preferring to keep  our organization's  various  hosting needs apart from 
where I do things personally.
I admit space is important, especially if we are going to  put sites 
there, we have several hours of radio materials that will go there at some 
point.  Thankful beyond measure dreamhost never got that stuff.  getting 
our archived mail and files will be pain enough laughs.

On Sat, 7 Jul 2018, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Tim here.
> First, my condolences regarding Dreamhost.  They used to be good, but
> they were bought out by EIG (Endurance International Group).  That's
> EIG's MO.  They buy good hosting companies to obtain the customers
> and then ruin the property.  Twice now I've found a great hosting
> company and migrated there, only to have EIG buy them out and turn
> it to [stream of profanity here].  So my first word of advice is to
> check lists of EIG-owned properties and avoid them like the plague.
> Here's one such list
> https://researchasahobby.com/full-list-eig-hosting-companies-brands/
> I'd also avoid "1&1" hosting based on my past experiences with them.
> Once you know who *not* to pick, it depends on how much management you
> want the hosting company to do. There's managed (often called
> "shared" hosting) and unmanaged "VPS" (virtual private server)
> hosting. It sounds like you currently have managed hosting where the
> hosting service takes care of email, configuring your web-server &
> database, and you just customize with your domain-name,
> web-content/applications, and mail-addresses.  It can usually be
> found cheaper than VPS hosting because they share one server's
> resources across a LOT of customers.
> With a VPS it's more like tou get a virtual machine and you're
> responsible for administering it.  You can usually choose the OS
> (usually from popular Linux distributions, but some also provide
> FreeBSD or OpenBSD which I've come to prefer), choose which servers
> you want to run (mail, web-server, database, IRC, whatever), install
> those, and you are responsible for upgrades too.  For these, I've been
> pleased with (or heard good things from people I trust about) OVH,
> Vultr, Digital Ocean, and Linode.  For basic email and light
> web-hosting, any of their low-end plans should suffice, including
> Vultr's $2.50/mo which is about the lowest-price-for-best-features
> I've seen.  Most of the others have reasonable starter plans around
> $5/mo which may be a better price-point for you.  With 1GB of RAM and
> 20-30GB of disk-space, you shouldn't have any issues (unless you're
> hosting large files).
> For managed/shared hosting, here are a couple recent reviews of such
> services:
> https://www.cnet.com/web-hosting/
> https://researchasahobby.com/best-website-hosting-companies-fooling/reliable-web-hosting-recommend/
> though I'd eliminate any EIG properties from consideration.  There
> are lots of such services and they vary in cost depending on how much
> hand-holding you need, phone-support, whether you want SSH access (I
> consider this a must-have), disk space, number of databases and email
> addresses, etc.  You should be able to get something pretty
> reasonable for $5/month.
> -tim
> On July  7, 2018, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I realize many of you do your own servers and the like, so I am
>> going to ask this question with great care.  My needs are rather
>> specific, and even if they seem old fashioned, they are rooted in
>> part in how my specific disability experiences manifest just now.
>> I work with a nonprofit organization with several program areas in
>> more than one country.
>> presently our  web needs are housed with dreamhost.
>> www.dreamhost.com
>> Their hosting accounts include a fairly solid shell structure, in
>> Ubuntu, including programs like alpine.  I use ssh  telnet to reach
>> these services and must have comparative access where ever i go.
>> Dreamhost made security changes about a week ago which now block my
>> ssh access.  while I may discover a work around, their mail server
>> behavior has been loopy for a while so...a blessing lies in all
>> this mayhem. I am going to contact one shell service of which I am
>> already aware, preferring not to bring all of my Internet life here
>> to shellworld. So, yes there is a question laughs.
>> Can you suggest a comparative hosting service that
>> a, provides a functional shell as apart of their account.
>> b allows for more than one domain to be hosted with them, including
>> sftp access and a great deal of account space.
>> c. has good customer service
>> and
>> d, is reasonably priced?
>> dreamhost donates hosting accounts to 501c3 organizations, so it
>> has been a free ride.
>> I do not expect that to continue, but I do  hope to find  something
>> reasonable.
>> Thanks for your ideas if any.
>> Oh, I have no interest whatsoever in hosting my needs on my own.  I
>> lack both the resources and talent for such a venture here in
>> Toronto. Thanks,
>> Karen
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