Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login

I would argue that the most cheapest option for hosting static sites nowadays is on S3.

At $0.14/GB and $1/million requests - I don't think you can get any cheaper. Or reliable, for that matter.

At one of my hosting facilities outside Seattle I'm paying $2k per month for 25 terrabytes of transfer which is industry average. That's roughly 7.8 cents per GB. I'm billed using 95th percentile billing as is everyone running at scale. We're small compared to many larger consumer web startups. As you increase in scale, prices drop dramatically e.g. triple our transfer would give roughly half the price.

I know you're probably referring to options for small startups just starting out, but thought I'd share that data.

Your numbers are wrong, $0.14/GB is only for storage. The thing that will most likely bite you depending on what kind of site you are hosting is the $0.15/GB outbound transfers.

But yes it will still be cheap for most static sites like a jekyll blog or something, if you ever reach more than 130 GB of outbound transfer you have just reached the cost of an entry level linode with transfer of 200gb included.

For small files (less than a few dozen kb or so), it's important to keep in mind the per-request cost as well - $0.01 per 10,000 GET requests.

My $3/month VPS has 500gb transfer, and it's not the cheapest around.

Ruby Ring [1] offers an unlimited VPS for $2.49! I'm a flat-fee junkie, and although I hope I some day have the prospect of actual overuse, I love the peace of mind associated with flat fees.

Just for the curious, yes, you do get quite a few interruptions in your service, but the staff is pretty good about it, and it's a reasonable thing to expect given the conditions. Certainly it is OK just for learning, which is my case.

[1] http://rubyringtech.com/

What provider would that be?

Hostigation. Another good one would be BuyVM at $15/y =)

I'm paying $60 for 2000 GB of transfer/month on VPS with 4GB of Ram.

$7 for 10 TB transfer with 512MB RAM. No SLA to speak of, but it makes a fantastic backup machine.


2HOST. Ugly website but it works.


1and1. Here are some of the plans they offer:


If you sign with a 1-year contract it's even cheaper. I've been using 1and1 for 5+ years and the performance is pretty good. I've only had a couple of hours of down time in those five years and support got back to me very quickly

If you can live with having your server in the EU definitely check out Hetzner: http://www.hetzner.de/en/hosting/produktmatrix/rootserver-pr...

e.g. 49 EUR a month for an Intel i7 Quad Core, 8 GB RAM, 5 TB traffic (each additional TB is 6,90), IPv6, awesome support staff. I'm a fan.

I'm a little hesitant about trying new hosting providers, because I've been burned in the past.

Generally ,it's pick 2: cheap, reliable, good support

How long have you been using Hetzner, have you had any down time, and if you did, how was the support?

I've started with one server in approx. 2003, in 2003/2004 they had once or twice half day downtimes, I can't remember any downtime since 2006 at least, sometimes certain routes are a bit slowed down, but I guess that's to be expected (they nicely inform about stuff like that in the forum) Oh yeah in 2009 they moved data centers which resulted in 6 hours scheduled downtime during the night.

I've just seen nowadays they guarantee 99% Network availability.

None of my 7 servers has ever suffered a hard disk crash or similar, which is nice but not actually a meaningful data point. (Another nice point, internal traffic is free, even between their data centers)

Their support is top notch in my experience, answers within 15 minutes with the free support. Just read a random post in their support forum, they switched a defective power supply within 2 hours. They once phoned me because one of my servers was behaving suspiciously.

All in all, if you can live with 99% uptime I don't know any provider that's cheaper or has better support. (They do have failover IPs (http://www.hetzner.de/en/hosting/produkte_rootserver/flexipa...) and high availablity packs (http://www.hetzner.de/en/hosting/produkte_rootserver/option-...) but that doesn't help with the 99% network availability)

Also check out this independent uptime data: http://www.webhostlist.de/provider/1782-Hetzner-Online-AG/ve...

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | DMCA | Apply to YC | Contact