Startup Operations · AWS

Web hosting company recommendations?

Pradeep Subbarayan Head of Product Marketing, Amazon Publisher Direct, A9.com

September 21st, 2015

What are the best web hosting options for the first 1 or 2 years of a start up? Specifically, if we expect to have an email server and OTP verification services then I think the free AWS micro-instances may not work as we would higher RAM. Companies like Digital Ocean seem to charge $10 per month for 1GB of RAM. Are there better companies out there from a performance to cost ratio standpoint?
Thanks everyone.

MaxBlox/Founder Institute Director, Chennai Area at The Founder Institute

September 21st, 2015

We have used 1&1 for many years. It has international data centers, offers a lot of different server configurations and is one of the cheapest services around.

Anonymous

September 21st, 2015

Good question that alot of people have had. Here's one that is similar: http://members.founderdating.com/discuss/1797/What-is-a-good-web-hosting-service-for-web-startups.
Always good to do a search before posting something new. Hope that helps.

Steve Karmeinsky CoFounder City Meets Tech / Lean Capital Ltd / Placeholder Ltd

September 21st, 2015

You could try Softlayer. Rackspace, Media Temple etc

Stan Podolski CEO at Nimble Aircraft.

September 21st, 2015

DO - best we have tried

Federico Marani Technical Architect

September 28th, 2015

Unless you have very specific performance or setup requirements, I would use Heroku + some of their addons. 

It might get expensive as you go along, but it's very easy to set up (compared to aws etc) and quite reliable. 

Pradeep Subbarayan Head of Product Marketing, Amazon Publisher Direct, A9.com

September 27th, 2015

Thanks everyone. Still hard decision to make as I am not fully clear.

Mikko Koppanen Senior Technologist

September 28th, 2015

Hello Pradeep,

You didn't mention what are the things you need to host but in most cases I tend to recommend against running things like email servers yourself (unless you have very specific needs). What you save in the monthly cost compared to hosted services you lose very quickly in staff cost, downtime, security issues etc. Naturally if your core business is running these services then it's a different story.

As mentioned: unless you have specific reason to run your own email server I would outsource that to Google (inbound) and something like SendGrid or SendWithUs (outbound). Running your own email server nowadays means a lot of work in setting up SPF records, keeping software up to date against security risks and ensuring that things keep running even when your server(s) are down.

As for OTP verification, unless you do that in mass-scale pretty much any lower end hosting (Linode, Digital Ocean etc) would do the trick with fairly low monthly price.

As for web-hosting: if you are looking to get static pages somewhere take a look Corey's suggestions regarding Github pages. 

Pradeep Subbarayan Head of Product Marketing, Amazon Publisher Direct, A9.com

September 27th, 2015

Thanks Corey. Helpful.

Paul Stonier Front End Web Developer & Designer at Salient Management Company

September 28th, 2015

Look at Cloudways to cost out AWS vs Google Cloud vs Digital Ocean. They'll add some extra managed services type features and give a nice interface to manage your environment.

5 * Agents for a TV Channel Franchise

September 26th, 2015

If You want a large website with a lot of adaptability, I would recommend Yola.com   How ever if you want something more specialised, with a login front page,and to be able to create private groups etc, then Moonfruit.com is better.