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How To Choose The Right Hosting For Your Project

Choosing The Right Hosting For Your Project
Choosing The Right Hosting For Your Project

Recently, I answered a question on the website “Quora“, about how to “Estimate web hosting expenses for a project.” The answer I supplied was so detailed, I felt the need to re-write it for a blog post to share with the world.

Your hosting expenses all depend on what type of hosting you choose to use.

If you can, setup some Cloud Servers, in a highly redundant configuration using something along the lines of HAProxy, or any other solution you find appropriate.

You may be able to save money by offloading some of the traffic to a CDN (Images, CSS, File Downloads, Profile Pictures, etc)

I recommend checking out Amazon S3 with CloudFront or Cloud Files from Rackspace. Both have a great API (Although S3 has more features, and I highly recommend it)

If you decide to use Virtual Servers (“Cloud” Servers), ensure you perform all the optimizations you can, as best as you can. When it comes to virtual servers, thankfully have the ability to change the amount of RAM allocated to your server, which coincides with your CPU allocation, as well as your port speed ( A 256MB Cloud Server may have a 10Mbit Connection, whereas you should be able to get a Gigabit out of a 16 GB Cloud Server, in theory)

If you choose to use something like Cloud Sites, then your main factors are Bandwidth, and “Compute Cycles”, which I can’t get into legally (NDAs), but basically it’s how much CPU usage your site uses, based off of the traffic. You get the equivalent of what they say is a “2.8 GHZ Dual Core Server” (If I recall correctly) with Cloud Sites.

However, once again, I HIGHLY recommend setting up your own virtual servers. They are more cost effective, secure, and you can predict your usage easier (Avg. Bandwidth, CPU Usage, RAM, etc)

If you don’t control your servers, you leave your websites security, and performance in the hands of a team that has hundreds of thousands of other websites they’re also worrying about.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me! I specialize in this area, and through my company I can offer services setting/maintaining/consulting.

A Web Hosting Business – Why I do it

I’ve always wanted to help people. I’ve had this desire to create or manage a project, business, or idea and be able to run with it, and watch it become the perfect “thing”. That’s what drove me to start my own web hosting business in 2004. I wanted to offer people affordable solutions, at a great price, but still be as awesome as the more expensive alternatives.

Why web hosting? The internet is obviously the now. It’s not the “future”, it is the future as much as it is the now. People need access to information, web sites, games, whatever may be online and they need it now. I want to be a part of that and that’s what drives me.

I want to be a part of this internet revolution, and at the end be able to be a part of it. Helping people, and businesses, while helping myself at the same time is the absolute dream. It’s why I chose to work at Rackspace, that’s why I started InvisionGaming in 2004, and it’s what I want to do with my career. It’s what I’m doing now! Along with web design, printing, and more.

I love developing (Primarily PHP), I love administrating and solving problems (Systems Administration) and that’s a big part of what I do. I want to be useful, and I use the word I very carefully, as it’s obviously an combined effort of multiple people.

I want to go out there, build applications, make people’s lives easier, and not have to trash their or my wallet while I do it.

Sometimes starting a web hosting company can be difficult, in todays economy with so many choices. Sure you can go to GoDaddy, or Bluehost, or any of those and get a similar product for $5 a month. “Unlimited Disk Space”, bandwidth, and more.

I thought we were told, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Right?

I offer the world: Me. The Kyle Experience. Let me wow you, let me help you, and let’s grow together. If I only get and or help 10 customers, then those are 10 people who I’ve had a positive impact on. Sure is better than doing nothing whatsoever, isn’t it? I’m not trying to compete with Rackspace, Bluehost, or Godaddy, I’m simply trying to help people, and just happen to be in direct competition with the interests of said listed companies.

Rather than focusing on making other companies look bad, or fishing for their customers, I respect each and every one, and what they do. We’re in this business together, trying to help people. I do, however, believe some companies like GoDaddy are forgetting the customer, and focusing more on the bottom line, but that seems to be a popular trend.

This is why I do what I do, and that’s why I’ve jumped right back into the game with Custom Hosting Solutions. I guess it means that we are your “mom and pop” shop, where you get the same features, but the customer service is just great. I want to interact with my customers, let’s follow each other on twitter, let’s add each other to our google talk.

Let’s do some business.

and last but not least: Let’s do this.

Pursuing A New Career

Hello World,
I have left Rackspace, unfortunately. However, I am look towards the future and I am eager to do it! Right now I am interested in seeking out clients wanting to hire a PHP LAMP Admin for their developmental or systems administration needs.

My friend and partner Travis Linares will be spearheading this effort, and it’s called: DigitalFlyDesigns

So world, please do not hesitate to contact me at kyle DOT gato [at] gmail DOT com – Let’s talk!

Much love,
Kyle

Apache/IIS7 with mod_proxy, mod_deflate – Not outputting GZIP

So basically I’m creating this post so the next poor sysadmin who googles it (If any), can find an solution.

I spent about 3 hours trying to figure out why web pages accessed through an mod_proxy Apache server, and finally got it, although it was due to a configuration problem set on my end.

If you “SetEnv force-proxy-request 1.0 1”, this will encode all content under HTML 1.0, this for whatever reason (Read the RFC for HTML 1.0), removes the GZIP compression sent by IIS7.

Commenting out this line will let the GZIP/deflate compress work as it should, and pass the headers along.

General Posting – Keep your Stuff Updated

So I’ve obviously been a major failure in regards to keeping this blog updated, and for that I apologize. Work has been fairly busy, but the good news is we have a ton of new people, and my primary focus is making sure I teach them everything I can, and pass the knowledge on.

Speaking of passing on knowledge, please…please, keep your stuff updated. It’s important. Keep your databases clean and optimized as well!

Regarding life? I just spent too much money on a Palm Pre Touch Stone, but…it’s damn cool 😀

I will try to post more often, but until then, love peace and chicken grease!

-Kyle