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byhandinc says

Looking for help once again regarding Web Hosting.

How hard would it be to host myself? Would it be worth it?

Here is the deal:

I have had a lot of bad experinces with web hosters, and I have 5 to 10 sites to host. One is an online community for my family and extended family friends, etc. This would be a WPMU site with a community forum and hosting something in the neighborhood of ten blogs.

Additionally I need to host 3 – 5 standard 5 page “online brochure” type business sites.

Finally, Would be another WPMU site hosting resumes and blogs for about 5 – 10 users.

Would it be very difficult to host this myself? What kind of problems would i run into?

Would it even be worth it?

AND THE BIG QUESTION …

What do most of you all do? Do most of you self host or go through a hosting company?

Any and all input is appreciated…

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webdesigndeluxe says

I’m thinking most of us host through a hosting company. Hosting by yourself would require thousands of dollars IMO . You need to buy your own server, figure out a way to set it all up to the internet, and you also need a super fast internet connection that most companies do not provide. But this is if you want to host a huge site like ThemeForest. If it’s just a small site, all you need is a $5 domain name, and $6/month hosting. There are some sites that even provide free hosting. It’s not a lot of money and its definitely worth it in the long run if you have clients and make money off of your site. I recommend GoDaddy hosting.

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SuperMario290 says

I’ve set up servers at my house and hostlike things that would work, but I’ve never done it for any of my sites and just to learn about the technology.

I would say if you actually have the experience in setting up servers and everything necessary and have the money to host yourself then it would be good, but I would say just find a hosting company to help you.

I have heard great things about ANHosting.com, they host Noupe.com and other sites and I was going to buy some space on there to see how they were.

I’m also using Media Temple too, and they had some very small downtime a couple weeks ago but other than that their support is fantastic and they’re not super expensive ($20/month). I would look into customer reviews though and just see what people have good experiences with.

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blazedd says

I pay for hosting and have my own Virtual Private Server.

Pros

  • My own Server with Root Access
  • I have over 42 websites hosted
  • Full Plesk control
  • Hardware is taken care of in case of failure, power outage, etc: at no additional cost
  • Secure infrastructure network
  • Legal Protection from Hackers (the hosting company sues for you)
  • 24/7 Support with an American Support Agent who knows what he is talking about, instead of reading a script from a help panel

Cons

  • $100 a month (not bad actually)
  • Limited Configuration and software (limited to Linus, boo hoo)
  • No physical Control/Access
So needless to say hosting yourself sounds easy, but is a LOT of hard work and when something goes wrong it’s your fault and your by youself. I recommend your own host.

I hear a lot of good things from Media Temple, but they are costly. I have been hosted at 1and1 for 4 years now and never had and real problems, regardless of all the crap I hear about them.

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jremick Staff says

If you’re familiar enough with hosting then you’ll be aware of the problems you’ll run into when self hosting. The short and simple answer, find a reputable hosting company.

I rent a VPS from ServInt.net for $49/m and I provide hosting accounts for my clients, family and friends. The hosting accounts I provide run blogs, basic websites, etc. (the average stuff, nothing huge). In the few years I’ve been hosting with ServInt, the only downtime I’ve experienced has been my own fault, free hardware or service upgrades and regular maintenance. Tech support and customer service has always been fast, polite and actually done more than they’re required (by the account level I have).

The power, flexibility and capabilities you’ll get from hosting with a top notch company will far outweigh anything you can do yourself (especially at the same price).

You might check out webhostingtalk.com for hosting info, etc. Hope that helps!

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PixelPoco says

I used to just host myself on my normal computer, and running dyndns with a custom domain. Ran perfectly.

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blazedd says

Something else to take into perspective is that your Internet Service provider might not approve of your using your computer as a host through them.

In my opinion purchasing a $10-25 a month host is worth it all.

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fillerspace says

I have my hosting through Rackspace, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I use a combination of Cloud Sites, Cloud Servers, and Cloud Files, and I love the flexibility. For the Wordpress MU sites, you could probably get away with a 256MB Cloud Server instance for $11.53/mo through them.

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finsta2 says

I am a noob I have hosted 5 sites in my life on Godaddy

2 – Shared Linux 3 – Grid

I like the grid and I have tested it with an extremely popular site. Although I rarely personally had downtime with them.

It is no reseller account so I think it all depends on your expected traffic, if you want to configure it yourself, and if you want to resell or host multiple websites.

My support with GoDaddy?

CONS 1. There not coders 2. There just hard to work with

PROS 1. I would call and say just this: ‘My site is down’ and I would be placed on hold then they will tell me my problem is more advanced and be placed on hold again. Then they will tell me my problem. In this case it was to restart my php through the control panel.

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blazedd says

I don’t like Godaddy since the days they put advertisements inside their control panel.

Thats ridicules! Thats something you would expect from a free host!!!

Then their advertisements are nothing but softcore porn & the owner looks and acts like a totally rich jerkoff.

At least they just upped their Control panels lately, and their domains are cheapest.

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