web hosting ideas?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Sat Jul 7 22:23:43 UTC 2018

Perhaps consider talking w/me. You know me from the midimag-ex list.
www.brighter-vision.com has ways to contact me, should you wish.

On 7/7/18, Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> karen
> 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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