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Hosting by GeoffStratton.com

I'm always looking for Interesting projects or interesting sites for web hosting. Normal price for hosting is $20/month, and hosting plans are fully managed and customized for your needs.

Of course, prices are negotiable, and I like the barter system: maybe I can trade you web space for an interesting product/service or a cut of the revenues generated by your site. If your web site doesn't have any revenue, but you'd like some, I can assist you with monetization and SEO.

As a rule, I don't interfere in the content or activities of any hostee unless you're doing something blatantly illegal. This has never happened to me.

General Hosting Setup

All hosting plans include the following:

  • Managed hosting and unlimited support, as needed
  • 1 site, customized as needed
  • 8 GB disk space
  • 100 GB transfer/month
  • 3 email accounts
  • $20/month OR
  • $220 for 12 months (1 month free)
  • No setup fees or hidden charges
  • Free assisted setup and transfer from your current host

Technologies

I run all my web sites on a high-performance Linux web stack that uses Nginx, MariaDB, the Zend OPcache with PHP 7, Redis, Varnish, and application-specific caching such as WP Super Cache or Boost.

For a blog site, or personal site or portfolio, I typically recommend WordPress, but I can host more complex web environments like Drupal, MediaWiki, Plone, Concrete5, or Joomla!. If you want a full content management system, or you'd just like to consult with me about what environment might work best, please contact me.

Other features:

  • All sites are backed up automatically every day. Lost files can be retrieved quickly at no additional charge.
  • High security. I use industry-standard intrusion detection and prevention software, anti-spam and anti-virus solutions, and monitoring systems.
  • High stability. Systems are mirrored in multiple time zones.
  • Fast and personal customer service.

WordPress-Specific Questions

If I already have a blog on Wordpress.com, how do I migrate my content over here?

The easiest method is to let me do it for you. But if you want to try it yourself, go to Tools -> Export in your existing blog and save your content to your computer. Then, on your new blog, go to Tools -> Import and upload your content. You'll need to install the same themes and plugins to make everything work the same of course.

Now that I have my blog, what should I do first?

Check out my recommendations for this.

Do you update WordPress and its themes and plugins for me?

Yes. In general I'll install new updates within 24-48 hours after they're released. You can still install updates yourself using the automatic updater, as shown in the WordPress documentation.

Where do I get help using WordPress?

You can always contact me, of course, but Wordpress.org maintains extensive documentation on how to use their product, and there are also user forums and tutorials all over the web. When you encounter a problem with WordPress, chances are someone has already solved it.

What WordPress themes do you recommend?

In general, I'd suggest using a "responsive" theme that adapts its appearance to laptops, phones, tablets, and desktop computers. You might start with the aptly-named Responsive. You might also check out Suffusion, a highly configurable free theme. But it really depends on the look and features you want, and there are thousands of free themes available.

What WordPress plugins do you recommend?

For starters, I'd suggest the following:

PluginPurpose
Akismet Stops comment spam. This is essential if you accept comments on your blog. The Akismet plugin is included in WordPress, but you still need to activate it and sign up for a free Akismet ID. If you don't want to sign up for Akismet, Antispam Bee is a good alternative.
WP Clean Up Helps you safely clean up all the post revisions and drafts that tend to pile up over time. It can also optimize your database at the click of a button, which reduces your disk usage and keeps your blog running at top speed.
YARP The Yet Another Related Posts plugin. This gives you automated "related posts" entries on every post on your site.
Yoast Google Analytics Tracks your site with Google Analytics, which is more detailed than the built-in WordPress statistics.
Yoast SEO Helps to promote your site in Google and Bing search results.

Will you develop a new plugin or theme for me?

Yes, but I charge $80/hour for development. For a popular product like WordPress, you should look around the web before you pay someone to build some custom functionality for you. Chances are someone has already built a plugin or theme that does what you want.

Technical Support

I'm getting an error message on my web site. Will you fix it for me?

If it's a misconfiguration with your server, then absolutely I'll fix it for you. I can also usually fix most WordPress problem quickly. However, if one of your plugins or themes are seriously broken, I can point you in the right direction, but you may need to try a different plugin or work with the author to resolve the problem.

Backups, Email, and FTP

Do you back up my web site?

Yes, daily backups of your site and database are included in your hosting fee. As a rule, these go back 30 days. I still strongly recommend that you make your own backups through a service like VaultPress. If you delete something you didn't mean to, please contact me, and include as much information as you can.

Can I get a mydomain.com email address?

Yes, if you request it. Each account comes with up to 3 yourdomain.com email addresses and a corresponding webmail page at http://mail.yourdomain.com/. Frankly, though, the huge email hosts like Google will give you way more space and better features than I can provide.

Does my email count against my disk and bandwidth quotas?

Yes.

How do I access my mail with my phone/iPad/email client?

Use the following settings:

For Receiving MailFor Sending Mail
mail server: mail.yourdomain.com
username: you@yourdomain.com
protocol and port: IMAP, port 993
mail security: TLS
mail server: mail.yourdomain.com
username: you@yourdomain.com
protocol and port: SMTP, port 587
mail security: STARTTLS

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