Here’s why you should have your own self-hosted server…
NOT on a standard web hosting account…
I was ready to write off a loss in my server migration. I had, for more than a year, run quietly in the background the cool Thinkup App which had not only archived my twitter activity, but presented it graphically in useful ways.
The thing is it created a monster database, like 900 Mb and so many files in the directory, a copy would not work. The database was too large for the built in export. And the command line failed because Dreamhost does not provide the PHP Zip extensions, and I fumbled around trying to PECL my way into installing them.
Host whatever stuff yourself at home, on your own self-hosted server, and do whatever the hell you damn please. There are no “artifical” limits on your very own hosting (except physical bandwidth, memory and diskspace) but you know that don’t you?
Memory is cheap.
Diskspace is cheap.
Bandwidth is getting cheaper – and lets not forget, your self-hosted website etc at home won’t be getting the traffic like Facebook gets, or Google gets, or Amazon gets, or eBay gets… so why are you paying these hosting companies any money at all? (even if it is just $0.99 per month? But then, you get what you pay for. Caveat emptor)
I’d like to think that you’d prefer to learn as much as you can about all this web hosting stuff, and go out there into your community and teach others how to do the same thing.
You already have everything you need to run your self-hosted site from home (or work) and it really isn’t that complicated to get it all working.
If you want to go down this path, and after you’ve read the lessons, are there any other questions you have about self-hosted websites / servers?
Please let the community help you!
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