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Web hosting advice

May 24, 07:30 PM · from the mouth of Andy

Hello computer literate folks (and Bryan),

I’m lookin’ to start a couple web sites of my own: one for me, one for my summer band. I’d really like them to have their very own domain names, like or something like that. I see many of you guys doing this already, so I’m curious as to what you use, and what works. I remember Tyler mentioned doteasy to me a while ago. Has that been working well? Any other suggestions from the more tech-savvy among us?



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  1. Jim responds with:

    Hehe, I use dot-white-linux-box-in-basement.


    I really can’t offer any suggestions as a result. Iak?

    What kind of complexity do you need?
    · May 24, 08:53 PM
  2. Andy responds with:

    I need about zero complexity – maybe a monthly update or so (less than that probably!). Like “ooh pretty page with navigation bar let me click – yay another pretty page with some words and the same navigation bar!” The design I can handle (thank you FrontPage – don’t kill me Jake!) it’s just the hosting I need.

    Had another good beer tonight – hazed and infused. I seem to remember drinking that with Jimothy in Boulder once upon a time. Memories…
    · May 25, 01:18 AM
  3. jake responds with:

    Hmm… Well there’s a couple options. I use Brainhosting for my sites. But I’ve heard that Dreamhost is one of the best. Lots ‘o features and good support, along with decent pricing. I’ve always heard Media Temple is the top, but they’re more expensive. For setting up a domain name, GoDaddy turned into the top registrar after their Super Bowl ads. But I use Directnic for $15 a year. I haven’t had any problems after like 4 years now. And the setup is pretty easy. Just buy the domain and put in the correct servers for your host and viola it works.

    If you really need cheap hosting I could set it up for you. My plan is a reseller account, so I have excess space and bandwidth for the asking. You could donate if you wanted or something, but it’s not too expensive for me. Basically I’d give you some space and set everything up myself. It’s actually a kinda nifty system. You basically get everything displayed on the Brainhosting pages except I set bandwidth and space. But as I said in my last comment it’s time for bed. Let me know if there’s more questions.
    · May 25, 01:26 AM
  4. Bryan responds with:

    I use for my business. It’s pretty cheap and was suggested to me by Hope it helps.
    · May 25, 10:39 PM
  5. Tyler responds with:

    I’ve been happily using Doteasy for years now. They are cheap (one low yearly fee) and the support is quick. I like their webmail too.

    A lady I did a website for ( Judy Harrison ) uses Directnic too, and liked it a lot. It might even be cheaper.

    I’ve got to update my website. I did update the résumé page and the About Me page the other day actually, but the Portfolio page is going to be more work.
    · May 26, 11:48 AM
  6. Jim responds with:

    Dude TyTy – I keep forgetting just how wet the simplicity and elegance of your site makes me.

    Grrr… Sarah and I need to make more money so we can pay people like you and Iaky to make us sites. You have more creative vision in the tip of your little winky than I have in my whole existence. :)

    · May 27, 12:36 PM
  7. TyTy responds with:

    You’re too kind. Actually, I needed that. I’ve had basically the same design on that site for years and was afraid it was growing stale. I just updated it with my newish identity design (the header with the star. I know— the star is cliché and doesn’t mean anything, but whatever.) Anyway, I was starting to think I should redo the site altogether, but was dreading the work. So I’m glad to hear that you like it. I still think I need a new format for the portfolio section. The current portfolio just isn’t very user friendly. Now I have the lovely duty of scanning/photographing all my current portfolio items. Everything in ther now is college work… slightly out of date.

    I wish this could be as easy as it was for my work web site, 93 Octane. For that, we just bought and downloaded a flash web template, added our own portfolio pieces in a photoshop layered file, and gave it to our freelance web chick to make it work!
    · May 28, 10:26 AM
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