web hosting ideas?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Sat Jul 7 23:02:12 UTC 2018


Whatever other problems dreamhost has, it does not appear on
the list of EIG-owned hosting companies that you linked. 


On Sat, Jul 07, 2018 at 04:59:59PM -0500, 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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