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soopageek
Location: Emporia, KS

Well, I went ahead and did something I may regret later.  I found a webhosting company that claims to have unmetered bandwidth for $7.95/mo. However, I had to purchase it at the annual cost.  We'll see if it really is unmetered or not, I guess.  It has a 14-day money-back guarantee, so I suppose there is nothing to lose.  At the rate I'm going, I'll use nearly 100G within 14 days.  I went ahead and re-linked all the shoetree photos to the new host.  Now I have to make a decision on whether to transfer soopageek.com there or register some other domain name there since, per their terms of agreement, I'm only permitted to link through the IP address rather than a registered domain for 72 hours.  Continuing to do so after that would be considered a breach of contract. 

The problem is that, while there is much more generous bandwidth, they provide fewer of the other things which I have taken for granted.  For instance, I can only register ONE DOMAIN (unless of course I pay to have more), and I'm currently hosting two others in addition to soopageek.com.  I'm considering registering a new domain name and keeping everything at the other host the way it is just for simplicity's sake.  At the very least I need to get the bandwidth opened back up so I can get my stuff off the site, anyway.  The new domain would become my "publishing" domain, seperate from my personal pages and other web entities. 

The other option is that I could get a domain for the Beastie Boys website and host it there, in addition to using it for photo hosting.  Next to my photos, the Beastie Boys site generates the most traffic of anything else.  And it probably really should have it's own domain given its popularity, rather than just being a sub-domain of soopageek.com.

The third option would be to move soopageek.com to the new host AND make it my publishing domain.  I'm kind of partial to the nick...  it's been unique for 8 years now.  No one else seems to try and use it anywhere.  I never encounter a problem creating accounts at various places and my name is already taken, requiring me to add numbers and what-not to it.  I also think it's fairly simple to remember and there's something elegant about the double-double vowels...  something that would be useful in creating a marketable web presence.  However, at the same time, I'm not sure I want to mix the name with a "marketable web presence".

One thing's for sure, taking on the added financial strain to open this new host, especially considering I wasn't really prepared to (my poor checking account is now toast in addition to my bandwidth) should motivate me to maybe do something serious with the idea of publishing work on the web, at least to break-even.  Sure livejournal is fun and will continue to be for along time to come... I've made many friends and it's an outlet for me to dump stupid, boring shit like this on you every day ;-)... but maybe there's a bigger audience for some more polished work awaiting me as well.

And so, I value all of your opinions... should I:

1) make soopageek.com my "publishing" entity?
2) create a new entity?  And if so, suggestions for names?
3) move the Beastie Boys site there and keep everything else as is?

Any comments from ALL of you will be greatly appreciated.  I have driving to do for the next couple of hours and my mind is going to be racing with the possibilities.  But it's something I need to at least tentatively decide on within the next 24 hours so I can get a domain pointing over there to the new host.  I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

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i have no opinion on the soopageek blog domain thing. i don't see any reason why you shouldn't move it there. if you have some reason, though, maybe soopablog.com would be awesome. ;)

i think sites like your BB site should have their own dedicated domain name if at all possible. i'm unhelpful with that too. at the very least give 'em a subdomain?

i suspect you're not going to be utterly thrilled with your $8/unmetered host. you should google around and see what people are saying about it. as i always do whenever a friend asks, i'll sort of push you in the direction of Dreamhost for all your hosting needs. i've used them for 3.5 years and I seriously could not be happier-- they are one of the greatest hosting companies in the biz, so great to work with when you need support, and they continually reward their ongoing customers. they have a plan for $9.95 (or $8.95 prepaid/yr) that should cover just about everything you need (120gb transfers, 2.4gb storage, 3 domains, yadda yadda). if you want more, you can presently get the same plan I'm on for $15.95 lifetime, which includes 192gb transfer, 15 domains and nearly 8gb of disk space. and also, you'll get a free domain name, so that could be your cue to experiment...

and hey, if you go that route, i'd appreciate a referral, user id bor, but i'm not just saying this because i'd get a kickback. they truly do rock. :) i've referred numerous friends over the years, and they're all still customers.

you are the second person to suggest Dreamhost to me... i glanced at them briefly a week or two ago... last night in my panicking, i just watned something generous cheap... in all likliehood, i'll get burned, but i was in a hurry and foolish... i'm typically much more cautious before making a decision, but i time seemd kind of the essence AND i'm stuck out here on the road without the luxury of internet 24/7... double the urgency :)

as with Firefox, now with two testimonials, i'm likely to be persuaded to Dreamhost if my current, old host at Tinyhosts.com don't come through for me and provide me with somethign i can work with that is affordable :) i've been relatively happy so far with them for my needs, but i think i'm out-growing what they can offer me...

i took your advice and signed up an account with Dreamhost... that code monster deal is too good to pass up... 7.5G of storage and 192GB per month in bandwidth? all those add-on domains and what-not... holy shit.... the other company i signed up with has a 14 day money-back, no questions asked guarantee... so i'm gonna opt out and shut it down.... incidentally, i told Dreamhost that rob-bennett.com referred me :)

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yeah, tell me about it... i freaked out when i opened up the traffic logs yesterday morning... on the one hand i knew it was gonna eat me alive in bandwidth (and money) but on the other hand, it's terribly flattering that so many people are enjoying something i wrote and photographed :)

k.
make soopageek.com your publishing entity.
make a separate doamin for the beastie boys site.
buying annually will prove to be the wiser solution in the long run, i may be forced to do the same with heyawesomeshirt.com, once i get it up to speed.

ps i couldnt check my LJ email because youre over bandwidth :D
pps i got an electronic copy of 'irc hacks" if you want it

really? maybe it's just the webmail cos i'm still getting my mail through POP3....

to be honest, i didn't even know you were still using that? i thought there was some issue with you not being able to use that at work either.. ?

i had been staying away from the annual prucashing because at the time when i got my host and domain, i wasn't sure if it was something i would do for the long term... now that i am, i do intend to start purcashing it annually... if nothign else cos it's cheaper that way....


thanks for the input on the domain suggestions... i'm still torn... but all input is appreacited :)

I say make soopageek your publishing site.

Another pretty decent hosting co. is 1+1

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