Time for a new host, time for a new site! It took some searching but I found a good host. Spent sometime with Amazon’s Cloud service EC2, spent some time with their S3 service, and didn’t find either one quite up to what I was looking for.
Amazon EC2 (Elastic Cloud Computing) was quite intuitive and very secure. I was quite surprised at how many stop gaps there were to ensure security to your server, security key, RDP client configuration and port routing right before you’d spin up a VM. What I was not a fan of was the pricing, for a lab environment the Amazon Free service doesn’t provide enough of a system to be useful (1gb of RAM just isn’t gonna cut it).
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) was also quite intuitive as well but the long and short of it was that it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.
Self hosting on my home lab was also another option that I thought over. However due my paranoid nature and the need to open a variety of ports (80, 443) I believed that perhaps keeping my home lab separated from the WAN was a better idea.
Ultimately I decided back onto paying for shared hosting for both the cost as well the ease of access that a lot of hosting companies now provide. Previously I’ve had experience with Godaddy, HostGator, 1&1 Hosting, all of which had their ups and downs (Godaddy being the worst at spamming me with calls). I ended up going with Dreamhost since I’ve heard a lot of good things about them (and I had a coupon code). Will I stay with them after my initial year? Not sure hard to say but so far its been just as good as the others.