My website had been temporarily shut down because the website did not have the funds. When I came to restore the website, I found that the plans have changed. Because Nearly Free Speech has to handle a lot more distributed denial-of-service attacks, my web host had to raise their prices.
I feel sad that they had to do this, though I was wondering until recently how they handled those attacks. I actually have no problem with paying those prices, especially when I know why.
Currently, there are 3 tiers:
- Non-production websites (those that are just “see what I can do” websites) pay 0.01 USD daily and get 1 GB of bandwidth per day.
- Production websites (websites that are part of a business) pay 0.05 USD daily and get 10 GB of bandwidth per day. They also get access to dynamic content (PHP, Ruby on Rails…).
- Critical websites (websites that are the business themselves) pay 0.50 USD daily and get 100 GB of bandwidth per day. They also get access to dynamic content and extra help in website issues.
Yes. The higher prices are that low. One of the main draws of Nearly Free Speech is their astronomically low prices. The only problem is that, you cannot turn a production website into a non-production website or a critical website into one of the other two.
Though my website qualifies under “non-production” because my website is a beta version website, I chose a production website. I mean, eventually, I would have to switch anyways because, if I “make it big” (so to speak), I would have to worry about all of the bandwidth my website would have due to all of the visitors my website would have. (My website may be my business, but my business currently neither has the need or generates the revenue that justifies the critical plan.) I also need to check how the dynamic content works with my website. There is also the fact that I actually like their hosting service and want to support them.
Besides, the price is just 0.05 USD per day. That would make… 18.30 USD per year?
After this… I should deal with iptables hacks and firewall rules…