I’ve been putting together a basic website to promote Workbench Alpha, the makerspace we’re looking to set up for East London. Currently running just Doku Wiki and SMF, it’s more than my shared hosting can handle on top of my other sites.
This is making it difficult to fully populate the site with info, and I suspect will make using it for promotion unlikely.
I’m onto tech support to check into temporary fixes, but I think this is going to need some dedicated hosting sooner than later. Recommendations for something affordable would be gratefully received. Having running costs before getting running wasn’t something we wanted.
But, this is a completely unmanaged solution and requires you to be in the position to set your software stack up from scratch on a Linux host, and manage it going forward. I am aware that other companies like Digital Ocean and Linode offer easy installers for popular solutions like Wordpress and Discourse and they are still very cheap.
At Teesside Hackspace we host the static content in an AWS S3 bucket, use AWS Lambda / API Gateway / DynamoDB for dynamic content (e.g. membership system), and use free Mediawiki hosting from Miraheze. The total cost is under $1 / month.
Don’t advertise it yet because we’re still adding & editing the content, but it’s www.workbenchalpha.org.uk
Technically it’s just Doku Wiki with a calender plugin and SMF with test user. There’s a google discussion list that will shift over to that forum once it’s fully set up with management plugins. It’s not mentioned on the site since it’s a temporary measure.
I’ve heard back from EUKhost tech support and they’ve boosted my available resources and told me to optimise the site better. Both long AFTER the overload apparently stopped of it’s own accord. No info on what actually caused it. So I’m still inclined to move it anyway as their tech support has really taken a dive this time. I’m also inclined to think the fault was some sort of timed script because it lasted exactly an hour and a half.
And as I type this it’s stopped serving pages completely. FFS.