Hosting website, what options to choose?

I recommend digital ocean

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+1 Digital Ocean is great, with the downside you’ll have to configure the server yourself. This is a reasonable compromise though, given the quality.

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@lakedejavu That’s true about cPanel. Personally, I HATE using cPanel. :confused: I very much prefer DreamHost’s custom panel. I also prefer the command line if I have that option.

DreamHost’s basic shared hosting will give you solid and secure hosting with the features you need to practice your skills.

DreamHost is also an ethical company. Here are their two most recent blog posts:

It’s possible to find discount codes by searching or you can ask current DreamHost account holders to see what discounts they have available to them. The thing to remember about affiliate/discount codes is that they help the affiliate most. So, using a random code will help someone you probably don’t know and don’t necessarily care about. ALL of the hosts mentioned here so far offer various discounts on hosting, so do that research before signing up for anything.

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@r1chard5mith Do they offer free TLS certs? What about command line access via SSH?

@algorithmjunkie Setting up and maintaining a secure server is not easy. At least, in my experience. I’ve used both Digital Ocean and Linode, with and without Serverpilot, and eventually settled on DreamHost managed VPS so I can be sure my server is set up correctly and is as secure as is possible given current security standards. This way, I don’t have to worry about it at that level. Instead, I can focus on the front end and the services I want to offer.

I also recommend Digital Ocean. Their $5.00 per month droplet, a virtual private server, is excellent. Warning though - there is a bit of a learning curve. The droplet ( their name for your server ) is a blank slate. You pick the OS - for example I go with Ubuntu 16.04 on my droplets. If you use Let’s Encrypt your SSL certificate is free, again that is the route I take. I also install nginx for the server, PHP, MariaDb for the database, and phpmyadmin to administer it.

Digital Ocean has some of the best tutorials for learning all this stuff that I have seen.

But back to the warning - there is no cPanel - you install and configure everything via a SSH terminal. Great skill to know but takes a bit of time to learn. The only thing they do have in a panel for you is an editor to manage your DNS records, and that works well.

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I would consider what you want to do. I don’t think Node.js works on GoDaddy or Hostgator, but if all you are doing is running PHP scripts, you would be fine. I personally like Digital Ocean. The server is extremely flexible, you can run Node, Python, Wordpress, PHP, or whatever. Also, for about $5.36 a month (hourly based pay is weird sometimes), it is very affordable and a great way to learn valuable skills.

It’s good to hear lots of personal experiences on hosting sites and I value all of your opinion. Dreamhost sounds appealing in overall but as I don’t find myself good at server admin side it’s difficult to measure the level of expertise required in that part.

I appreciate you all! :clap:

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Digital Ocean is a good choice if you want a lot of control and you’re prepared to SSH in.
(They’re running Hacktoberfest this month, so be sure to do a few pull requests to get a free developer T shirt)
1and1.com offer some nice packages with an easy to use control panel.
Enjoy. Let us know how you get on.

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I used github pages for mine. I used to host through bluehost, but it was expensive. github pages is free and easy to set up. https://pages.github.com/

It’s great to see everyone talking about their experiences with web hosting. I’m just jumping in as a moderator to remind everyone that the forums are not to be used to promote goods or services for profit, either directly or through affiliate links. Spammers can take advantage of honest questions like this, so if you feel that a response is a marketing attempt, please flag it.

Carry on!

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There’s no command line because there’s no server. Neocities is “just hosting”. They have site-wide TLS certificates, it’s https only. In my opinion, it’s best to avoid running your own servers unless you really need to - it’s too hard to do well unless you actually want to eventually learn everything about running servers. Personally, I’ve made a conscious choice to be a programmer and not a server admin - as much as possible, I don’t want to care how it works. Once I’ve written the code, and it works, I want it to just keep working (and if it doesn’t, I want it to be someone else’s job to fix it).

I have my main site deployed to Netlify, which is what I’d really recommend to anyone interested in deploying serious static sites. For hosting the node projects, I’ve had no problems with Heroku and mLab, which both have a free tier. If you just need a virtual box, you can get 12 months of a single EC2 instance for free from AWS with a new account - you also get lots of free credits to play with their other services such as databases, the load balancer (I think you can have them manage TLS for you and have it terminate at the balancer, but I haven’t tried it yet) and their lambda ‘serverless’ framework.

For web hosting, I use awardspace.com. I’m using the “FREE Web” plan to host my blog, dudaskank.com. But you can’t use SSH or other features, just the plain and old FTP, with a MySQL DB. There is a cpanel too.

https://www.awardspace.com/free-hosting/free-web-hosting-features-table/

Sometimes they offer a good discount for the paid plans, but once you upgrade, you can’t return to the free plan, I learned it in the hard way… :stuck_out_tongue:

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Why not write out your own server and host it on herokuapp?

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Heroku. Free 3 containers with 512MB RAM each for $0.00 - the good place to start.

Looks like today is 2007, not 2017.

Sir, can you please share out link?