[UFO Chicago] web hosting
ggroth at gregs-garage.com
Sun Jul 9 17:35:23 PDT 2006
David Fourer wrote:
> I want to get a web host. Looking for some pointers. I don't have a
> domain name but I don't need anything special. I need more space than I
> get free from my ISP (25mb).
> I've been doing photography when I travel and putting together pages of
> photos and text for friends to view. I like this a lot better than
> putting the photos on one of those photo hosting sites. I like to
> control the arrangement of photos and text, control fonts and text size,
> photo size and shape, for an overall artistic effect. Eventually I
> might add things like recorded narration or music???. I also have a
> small business but I don't advertise outside my neighborhood. I don't
> plan to make this a business site for now.
> It seems like any of the free or cheap 1-year or 2-year packages would
> work. I don't need design help. Some day I might want hit-tracking. I
> might want to make my site search-engine visible some day. I suppose
> the free packages require me to advertise. I certainly DON'T want
> somebodies blinking banner on my page! I don't see an issue right now
> with bandwidth or storage volume. It would be hard to fill a half gig
> with images, unless I start shooting video, which I have no plans to do.
> David Fourer
You don't mention what you're willing to spend, which kind of leaves the
door wide open for a multitude of replies. What I did was get a DSL
line through Cyberonic (http://www.cyberonic.net). Cost is $50 a month,
and they let you do anything you want on the line, even run a commercial
website. A friend of mine got their residential service, and was going
to run a commercial site on it. I advised him to call and verify that
he didn't need their business plan. They said that the business
accounts were priced higher for a uptime guarantee, and there was no
restrictions on running a business site on a residential account.
I'm in the middle of playing around with getting my site set up, so it's
not much to look at yet. But I host my own on FreeBSD, and run Gallery
(http://gallery.menalto.com/) for my photo albums (ports to different
OS's are available for just about everything - even Windows). I've been
using it for the last 6 months, and don't have one bad thing to say
about it. Uses Apache/PHP/MySQL, and handles all of the
thumbnailing/resizing automagically using plugins. Really nice piece of
software IMHO (free as in speech & beer).
Since I have a DSL line, with no restrictions on line sharing, I have a
10 station network running in my house all behind IPCop. Friday I added
a new addition to my network, a G4 IMac. My boss bought a new machine
for his house, and brought this one into the office. It turns out that
Windows 2000 has some glitch with network printing and macs (I fought
with this a while back trying to let our marketing consultant print from
his Powerbook to our print server). Since I'm running a Windows 2000
server in my house, and the G4 came with OS 9 (I might have stuck with
OS X), I installed Yellow Dog Linux and set up the G4 in the kitchen
with XMMS & Firefox.
One question for the group, does anyone know of a Firefox flash plugin
for PPC architecture?
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