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Bored, did you offer WordPress hosting?

I remember you said something about it.
Permalink brah! 
November 14th, 2017 4:54pm
If you're posting here, you should have enough computer literacy to set up your own Wordpress.

Linode (or other VPS): $5/month

Follow a guide.  It should take you a few hours.
Permalink FSK 
November 14th, 2017 6:44pm
Why go VPS instead of shared?  It's more work and not any cheaper.  (Bad combo)
Permalink Jenner 
November 14th, 2017 10:31pm
I don't know if you need hosting yourself or if you want to read about my strategy. I'll discuss the latter.

If you need hosting, I now recommend Cloudways, which is really fast and really good for shared hosting, and actually beat my dedicated host in speed because they do an excellent job of cacheing.

My previous hosting "business":

I provided hosting for one client's complicated WordPress site with a built in forum and payment system for $150/month. The price included a support clause: I'd allow him 1 hour per month of tech support as needed, which accumulated to a maximum cap of three hours of time until used. I did this because he had been a dick in the past about paying me to fix issues resulting from necessary plugin updates, and I wanted the labor to be included for small stuff so I didn't need to talk to him about it.

I hosted the forum on a dedicated host I rented which made the site run decently; on a shared host (Wpengine which otherwise has an excellent reputation) it ran like molasses so the guy actually needed a nearly dedicated resource (Wordpress's internal architecture blows and almost everything complicated with a back end is really slow unless you throw CPU and memory at it.)

I offer to host web design client's sites (on Cloudways or a similar performing VPS with SSD) for $35/mo which includes daily cron based backups, and updates of Wordpress and plugins. Anything breaking as a result of updates is billed as labor.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
November 15th, 2017 12:24am
PS: dedicated isn't all it's cracked up to be. Optimization is key and I'm finding that cloud servers with SSD and CDNs well outperform non optimized dedicated hosting.

PPS: one of the biggest hassles of providing any web hosting is sending notification emails to visitors (password resets, etc) that don't get eaten by spam filters. If you run your own mail server on your server, most of your emails won't make it to user's inboxes. The best solution to avoid this is usually a third party email delivery service.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
November 15th, 2017 12:28am

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