This blog has moved. The URL is the same, but its location in the world has changed. It’s now hosted at a 3rd party site instead of being at my residence. Here’s why.
I am not a business:
Carries argue that you are a business if you require a static IP address. In fact, static IP addresses are not available in most carriers’ standard plans. They assume that people who subscribe to their service are content consumers and not content containers. Businesses, on the other hand, are assumed to be content containers and are permitted to have a static IP address.
This wouldn’t be an issue if there wasn’t such a dramatic price differential. Plans that contain static IP addresses are two times as much as their counterparts. Why? In my case, this makes no sense. There is no profit motive behind what I would do with the IP. Why am I considered a business?
A good solution, from a consumer standpoint, would be to separate users into different classes. There are plenty of customers who do need the firewalling and don’t mind the dynamic IP that basic plans provide. However, these features are just a nuisance to advanced users. I would gladly pay $10 a month for a static IP. Make it an option to add to the plan.
Internet companies are potentially loosing money because they are not providing the services people want. A $40 basic plan vs a $80 business plan is a no-brainier, but if there was a $60 option in there…..
I am not a hosting company:
There are things that I can do better than the hosting company and things that I do poorly. Daily SQL backups, running in a dedicated Xen VM, chrooting the Apache server, as much processor as I can use, and the availability of any piece of _free_ software I want to install, are all benefits of having a server at home. The technical word for it is a playground. I can do anything I want or am able to do (which is ~anything).
The hosted world provides better uptime, better speed, and manages the system and network administration. The best part about hosting is the cost. It’s $7 a month for me to host this and as many other sites that I’d like to build.
I am not average:
Giving up the network administration and the system administration was a tough decision for me. It has been fun. Everyone running DD-WRT using VLANS, custom firewall rules, and OpenVPN understands. Likewise, everyone running XEN on a VLANed host, with more customer firewall rules, and mod_security understands.
It was fun to host, but did it amount to anything? The skills I picked up aren’t ones that I use on a daily basis anymore. I haven’t risen to celebrity status, or really had that many visits (this is more of a content issue). It was a good amount of fun while it lasted, now I’ve been there, done that, and I could do it again. But why?