TAG: Hosting

Dedicated again

I mentioned briefly in my last entry that I had moved hosts, and I wanted to talk about it a little more.

In November I purchased a dedicated server. Before this I had two VPS accounts. One for friends and the other for Giraffe Host. At the time I thought it was ideal to have the two accounts. However, when the VPS for Giraffe Host started to increase ram usage and start to have a lot of issues, I knew I had to make a decision. I contacted my host, Wired Tree and I was able to have a special deal where I could have an awesome dedicated server for just $10 extra of what I was paying for the two VPS accounts. It made absolute sense to do it. Everything has been running well so far!

In my post when I introduced Giraffe Host, I said that I did not want to make the mistake of “upgrading when isn’t necessary” this does not fall under that category. It falls into the upgrading when it makes sense.

I can notice a big difference with website speed and I really feel much more comfortable having a dedicated server, because I know what accounts I am hosting and it is not being shared by any unknown parties. I also love the fact that I know the server I have is good, and I can share that with other people with free hosting.

I have had people say to me that I should charge for hosting. I have tried it before and I just… I feel weird about it. I want it to be a fun thing, and be able to help like minded people in some way. I can understand the logic that there should be some revenue that keeps everything cycling.

Maybe I will sell cupcakes. No. I would probably just eat them all. -_-

Giraffe Host

I would like to introduce everyone to my latest project, Giraffe Host. What is Giraffe Host? It is a free hosting service for personal website owners. I really missed hosting many people and decided that I should just do it. So I did. :)

When I began hosting websites in 2008 with Bubble Hosting it was something that I really enjoyed doing, and was able to provide free space to over 400 people. Last time I made a few mistakes that I intend to avoid this time (such as upgrading when isn’t necessary and offering paid options).

I like to have projects to work on that have a positive vibe and I am glad I can do this. I hope I can be a free host that is helpful and useful. |)

Step on over to giraffe.host and signup if you need some free space of your own.

The day the hosting stopped

When I got my very first domain name in 2003 what I really wanted to do was be able to host other people. It seemed like such a cool thing to do, host someone’s site. At the time I couldn’t because the space I purchased didn’t even have cPanel and was so basic. I was disappointed, but carried on with my site hoping one day I could host others.

In 2005 when I was finally able to purchase a reseller, I was so excited to have more space and control, but I was mainly so thrilled that I could now host other people. It wasn’t until I think 2006ish that I opened a site to host people ‘officially’ that was called Tehlove. I had a huge amount of fun on the website and got a dedicated server for the first time which was so marvelous. Everything seemed to be going so well I decided to offer paid hosting. But then things kind of fell apart a bit and I couldn’t afford to pay for the server, so had to cancel it.

After getting back on my feet in 2008 I really missed hosting other people and wanted to try again. I first opened a site to host fansites and fanlistings called fanmagic. But, realising that I did want to host other sites as well decided to open a main hosting site for everyone, which was Bubble or Bubble Hosting.

Bubble was such a great achievement I am proud of. I really put my heart and soul into trying to make everyone happy, offer lots of prizes and really provide amazing space for free. Because Bubble grew to a base of over 400 members I had to once again upgrade to a dedicated server. I will admit there were times when I could have been more persistent and did become slack sometimes, however from 2008 till present day there has been a lot of stresses in my life.

After running Bubble for 4 years, in 2012 I made the decision to open a business. The business was called Klue and offered paid hosting, as well as keeping all previous members of Bubble still there for free. It was kind of a rocky road mentally and emotionally, because my grandfather passed away and trying to focus was difficult (as well as some other health issues).

I tried to run Klue, but it just didn’t work the way I planned. In January 2013 I placed it on hiatus. In June 2013 I notified the majority of members that I would no longer be offering free hosting, except to a few friends and in July 2013 I cancelled the dedicated server and migrated to a reseller account.

It was rather difficult to have to stop hosting again. I really loved sharing the space and didn’t want to give up the dedicated server because it worked so well, but the cost was just too much when I couldn’t get everything going as planned.

I guess I seem to run into bad luck with hosting when I start charging people, or asking for payment. Probably because when I do, I feel guilty about it and makes it suddenly very serious. In reality I know if you have space you have to pay and if you have a big server then you need some money towards it. I just felt silly about it.

I would love to try and host again in the future, but I don’t want to let other people down. I have tried twice in the past and had to cancel both times. Maybe if I just had an unlimited income that would be fine haha.

I am lucky to have hosted the people I did, made new friends and communicated with a whole lot of awesome people. I have learned a lot of lessons and tried my best.

Assignment 1 [TICK]

Somehow through the craziness that was creeping into my brain (see twitter post) I finished assignment one for both topics (NET102 & WEB101) I was working on. Mind you I was working until 5:30am and I can’t say the quality maintained the same level. It is my fault though and I am willing to accept the consequences for leaving it to the last minute, I am going to make sure I actually manage my time a lot better from here on out (that is the idea anyway, only future blog posts will determine the real outcome ahha).

I am finally going to see Poppy tomorrow. I felt so bad that I couldn’t see him, I thought I would have finished my work in time, but I completely misinterpreted how much I had to do. At least now I might give myself two days to feel a bit human (today counted).

Server bill is paid, haazaa. Now I have no money left. :0 Also, my room is a complete mess I can literally not walk on the floor. Eh. It started with an idea of having a good clean, that has just contributed to making everything HELLO.

Not so inspired

I am going through a period of low inspiration at the moment (which could be related to playing too much Tomb Raider Legend and Age of Mythology :0 ). I haven’t been able to create any good website designs or art. I know this is a design/creativity lull and I will pull through, it’s just annoying. :l

I brought four new domains for Bubble (moon.nu, hugs.nu, fanlist.me and hoshi.me), two are .nu extensions! One (moon.nu) was listed in the Namecheap marketplace and I just had to have it because it was beautiful and I thought would be enjoyed by members. I also had to renew some older domains and it added up to a bit, all worth it though! 3_3

I guess I should get back to doing important things *coughgamingcough*. ;)

May is art month? ;D

I seem to be inspired to make art everyday lately. Some days I feel proud of what I have made, and then other days I shudder at my lousy colouring and try to ignore it and make something better. 8) It’s keeping me busy, and stops me thinking about other things.

New Pixels:

New Icons:
View all at Stash.

I have been working like crazy on Bubble and everything is falling into place. I am getting excited!

I plan to add an online todo list to the sidebar, it may just be there when you are reading this ………. but then if you are reading this from my archives in a year, ten years it obviously won’t. ;)

I hate my melodies, they’re all the same

I was in a mood to pixel and made a cupcake. I am not 100% happy with it, but I think my shading is getting better! x:cupcakestraw:

I have been working on Bubble and I am getting things together. I mainly have to write up some content and revamp pages to make them better. It shouldn’t take tooooo long to get it finished, maybe a week? ;)

I have been sick :@ , I developed a stupid cold and I couldn’t kick it. I think I was just feeling too down and low and didn’t have the energy to fight it. I am slowly starting to feel better.

Let the shadows sing

How has life been? let me place it into point form.

  • The mouse is gone (yipee, and I did not kill it!).
  • My Nanna had a bad turn again recently so it has been stressful lately.
  • I have been cleaning the crap out of my room and getting rid of 15 years of junk.
  • I went on a book buying spree, hehe. Those are just awesome.
  • Bubble is running a competition for Halloween.
  • My computer charger died, I still haven’t brought a new one so have been stealing Mums.

I still have so many things on my to-do list. Don’t you just hate when that happens? x|

No such tears, today

I am back home again. Dad had his operation to remove the bowel Cancer and everything seems to have gone very well. He was feeling rather ill for the first four days but is finally starting to improve so that is a huge relief!

I did a little but of shopping and reading, but generally tried to just relac, sleep or talk to family that came to visit. It can be a tough time for a lot of people when a family member is sick. Plus, I also found out about something else that really complicates things, and it’s hard to know what to do. I can’t say what because I do have to respect some persons’ privacy.

I did take my camera with me, and took a few photos so I will upload them to flickr when I have the time and energy to do that.

And one last time, vote in the free hosting domain name. The poll closes on November 1st 2008, so keep on going and tell me which one you would want to be hosted under (if you needed or don’t and just pretend what would suit you if you did!).

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