What hosting provider do you use and why?
  • If I had my choice, I'd use AWS for everything just for convenience. Those hosting costs are $$$ though

    My favorite non-giant hosting provider is ramnode. I have 3 VPS with them, 2 $15/yr 128mb/1core, and 1 512mb/1core (which is the dev server for this site). They offer great prices, respond and solve support tickets in literally less than 5 minutes (not exaggerating), and offer VPS with nvme storage cheaply.

    The proxy for this site's external requests is setup with ramnode too.
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  • Sweet, thanks for sharing. I've heard of ramnode, never used them though. When you get support like that and with those cheap prices, they're tough to beat!
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  • Ah yes, Netlify is awesome! I used them in the past with a simple Gatsby site. They made it very simple.
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  • I selfhost pretty much everything on my home connection with a domain and registrar dDNS pointing at me. I have A records externally for services to point to my WAN ip and in my LAN a dns relay is setup with local device records, so jabber, etc still work with the same server names when my phone leaves my wifi.
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  • Interesting. I bought a full rack mount sell R610 server a while ago to do just this. But after learning how much power it consumed to keep it on 24/7 I quickly gave up. Was a fun experiment though. Do you just use a desktop, or do you have proper server hardware?
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  • It's a proper server but I put the lowest wattage CPU I could find in it. Shaved off 200 watts right there. Saving power means less heat, so I'm able to run the fans a lot slower too.
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  • Rackspace and DO. DO seems much more affordable. AWS sporadically - their control panels seem so verbose to me. DO has been pretty recent and I really dig it. Moved one site there from RS 6-7 months ago and it’s 1/5th the price and dead simple.

    Been on RS for years and Mediatemple before that. RS does really have great support IME.
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