There are a plethora of server hosting services on the Internet, and they have become less expensive and more powerful over time. Each of them have different benefits and drawbacks: thus, we aim to summarize them so you can choose the right provider for your needs.
This guide was written thanks to the advice and experience of Sunako, a skilled sysadmin that has shopped for and purchased from hosting providers around the world.
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- Servers/Proxmox - How to use Proxmox on a server blade in a colocated facility.
- Hosting/Providers - The providers we recommend for a multitude of different purposes.
- Hosting/Azure - Microsoft Azure provides an interesting 2-year Bizspark plan giving you $150 a month on Azure along with all other Microsoft products free.
- Hosting/Cloud Storage - Many providers offer inert cloud storage for single person/backup use (not website hosting). Some, like Amazon Cloud Drive, provide you 'unlimited" (~100TiB) storage for just $60 a year. What a steal.
If you have special needs, there's providers out there for you.
- Hosting/Free - Free, high quality hosting really is available out there, and it is good enough for a small website or webapp.
- Hosting/Cheap - Discount providers with high quality exist out there on the internet.
- Hosting/Storage - If you need to store and host tons of data inexpensively on hard drives, there's providers that specialize in it.
- Hosting/Minecraft - Minecraft servers often have special needs and pricing concerns.
- Hosting/DMCA Friendly - Some hosts are relatively lenient with the DMCA and will be fine as long as you keep up with your DMCA reports.
- Hosting/Lawless - Some hosting regions, such as Eastern Europe and Israel, have fallen into a black hole where copyright, patent, and trademark law have taken a back seat.