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Budget Canadian Web Hosting ~ 50% off ~ $6.5CAD / Year

Saw an early Canada Day deal tweet from one of the web host that I use.



To my surprise their budget service (buywebhosting.ca) is also included in this deal as well.

I did some searching on here and seems like they ran similar Canada Day deal two years ago.

buywebhosting-ca-canadian-web-hosting-5 ... r-2386423/

I personally use them for my clients (non-budget) as well as some of my personal sites, no issues. A few downtime throughout the year but nothing major.

I believe their rep @DirectHostingCanada is (was) active on here when they were offering free hosting?

Anyway, just want to share this deal.

Happy hump day everybody!

Edit: Forgot to post the URL, the actual plans link is at http://buywebhosting.ca
Just an average netizen here because of the quarantine. :razz:
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Avoid these people... I can't speak for the reliability of their services, but I applied for their free hosting in 2018, and after not hearing back I contacted them and was told that I didn't follow the extreme minutia of their sign-up process... I asked them for details because I couldn't for the life of me figure it out, and asked for some leeway because I was an old member here, and was told that they did not care about any of that and then proceeded to lifetime-ban me from re-applying.

I posted a complaint in the thread, and the RFD mods ran interference for them and had my posts deleted:
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Avoid these petty, petulant ankle-biters...
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Hope folks here know RFD is no “regular joe friendly” entity either. Them trying to protect their advertisers from legitimate concerns makes me not trust any of their recommended product/services threads apart from non-mod members here.
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mockingbird wrote: Avoid these people... I can't speak for the reliability of their services, but I applied for their free hosting in 2018, and after not hearing back I contacted them and was told that I didn't follow the extreme minutia of their sign-up process... I asked them for details because I couldn't for the life of me figure it out, and asked for some leeway because I was an old member here, and was told that they did not care about any of that and then proceeded to lifetime-ban me from re-applying.

I posted a complaint in the thread, and the RFD mods ran interference for them and had my posts deleted:
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Avoid these petty, petulant ankle-biters...
Wow.

Not a good look for the RFD mods.

Also not sure how showing (with proof) how bad their customer service is considered a "dispute with the company" when that's exactly the type of information that's posted everyday to determine if a deal is good or not.
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mockingbird wrote: Avoid these people... I can't speak for the reliability of their services, but I applied for their free hosting in 2018, and after not hearing back I contacted them and was told that I didn't follow the extreme minutia of their sign-up process... I asked them for details because I couldn't for the life of me figure it out, and asked for some leeway because I was an old member here, and was told that they did not care about any of that and then proceeded to lifetime-ban me from re-applying.

I posted a complaint in the thread, and the RFD mods ran interference for them and had my posts deleted:
directhosting.png
Avoid these petty, petulant ankle-biters...
Was that part of an rfd specific promo as well?
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ChippewaBarr wrote: Wow.

Not a good look for the RFD mods.

Also not sure how showing (with proof) how bad their customer service is considered a "dispute with the company" when that's exactly the type of information that's posted everyday to determine if a deal is good or not.
Considering you have to pay to post about your own product, they must've been an advertiser and you can't say something bad about an advertiser
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You are better off getting a cheap VPS from lowendbox.com. You can find $12-$18/year deals for a VPS with 1GB of RAM, 10GB of storage, etc. You have much more control over what you install on it. That said, do expect it to go down once or twice a year.

A more reliable option is a VM on the free tier of Google Cloud, AWS and Azure, coupled with a publically exposed S3 bucket to host static site.
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If you want it cheap, just go over to lowendtalk and get the reseller plans when they go on sale, most of the long term partners are legit there.
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Lowendtalk and lowendbox ftw.

NexusBytes is awesome with their shared hosting and vps plans. Voted #1 on lowendbox of 2021.
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Ruciz wrote: Was that part of an rfd specific promo as well?
Check out the thread for yourself sir. The link is in the post.
pkphilip wrote: If you want it cheap, just go over to lowendtalk and get the reseller plans when they go on sale, most of the long term partners are legit there.
Agreed... I got a good deal with a host there, cPanel hosting 1+1 addon domain for $9 a year (after some haggling)...

I highly recommend only using a host that provides cPanel... Absolutely great for both beginners and advanced users... I'm not a fan of Directadmin.

cPanel is not free for the host though, they pay for a license for it, so expect to pay a premium, unless the host is using a warez version or something like that.

I also use Dave's Network...

I would rate his service as between fair and good, and while he no longer offers free accounts and has raised the price recently (I'm up to $20 a year - still quite good), I'm happy to give business to a local Italian man in the GTA.

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mockingbird wrote: Check out the thread for yourself sir. The link is in the post.


Agreed... I got a good deal with a host there, cPanel hosting 1+1 addon domain for $9 a year (after some haggling)...

I highly recommend only using a host that provides cPanel... Absolutely great for both beginners and advanced users... I'm not a fan of Directadmin.

cPanel is not free for the host though, they pay for a license for it, so expect to pay a premium, unless the host is using a warez version or something like that.

I also use Dave's Network...

I would rate his service as between fair and good, and while he no longer offers free accounts and has raised the price recently (I'm up to $20 a year - still quite good), I'm happy to give business to a local Italian man in the GTA.

You will
I migrated from CPanel to DA a few years ago due to the price hike and I don't have any issues at all. Granted I only used a few functions on cPanel so I just used Duplicator to clone my Wordpress site over, up and running in 30 min or so. I would go for reseller plan next time because it gives me far more flexibility if I ever need to sell some space to recoup.
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Another option is to sign up for free compute instances on Oracle or Google but you'll have to install and the website manually which defeats the use of a hosting company.

There is also GitHub but don't remember if they let you use your own domain name
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The best and most reliable hosting option is anything from Digital Ocean. You will need a dev to set it up, though I do believe they have some auto-wordpress setups these days. Anything 'shared' or even 'VPS' if not from a super reliable company is a nightmare. Used to be with Arvixe until they got bought by Endurance International Group and then they had DAYS off offline server maintenance. Then switched to A Small Orange, which was then bought by... Endurance International Group...and support, service (downtime) and everything else went out the door. Do your research on hosting companies and honestly just go with an enterprise solution's cheapest option and hire a dev to do the setup. Think Amazon AWS or Digital Ocean. I think Rackspace is still around too.
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NoCountry4RFDer wrote: Another option is to sign up for free compute instances on Oracle or Google but you'll have to install and the website manually which defeats the use of a hosting company.

There is also GitHub but don't remember if they let you use your own domain name
Thanks, I might just cancel my 1and1 (ionos) $1/month box and sign up for one of those...

The $1/month is perhaps barely enough for a minimal Virtualmin install... But their $1 account ip block seems like its on a permanent 24/day vulnerability hacker port scan... I set up a remote systemlogd on a stock Ubuntu install there and within a few minutes my box was compromised and the system log was rife chock full of documentation of the hacking attempts.
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shopperisbest wrote: Oracle offers free tier VPS with limited data quote
I just spent several hours navigating through Oracle's broken system... With the free service, they by default assign you an AMD "Naples" processor with 1GB of RAM and their Oracle OS which is based off Redhat... But the ARM-based system with 6GB of RAM is also free.

So I picked that, and picked Ubuntu 22.04LTS for ARM instead (also free), but to put things quite simply, this is quite broken.

Either no one there tested the configuration or they don't care.

What I mean to say is that you can't use the system after you install it because their SSH is broken (you must assign a key when you create the 'instance' -- which is later rejected when you try to login through SSH - so that's clearly broken with the automatic installation).

Ok, no big deal, let's use their virtual console to fix things manually in the shell... Problem is that the username doesn't work and none of the technicians have the faintest clue.

I opened up a ticket, let's see if they fix it.

Oracle - billion dollar company that can't get basic things right.
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mockingbird wrote: I just spent several hours navigating through Oracle's broken system... With the free service, they by default assign you an AMD "Naples" processor with 1GB of RAM and their Oracle OS which is based off Redhat... But the ARM-based system with 6GB of RAM is also free.

So I picked that, and picked Ubuntu 22.04LTS for ARM instead (also free), but to put things quite simply, this is quite broken.

Either no one there tested the configuration or they don't care.

What I mean to say is that you can't use the system after you install it because their SSH is broken (you must assign a key when you create the 'instance' -- which is later rejected when you try to login through SSH - so that's clearly broken with the automatic installation).

Ok, no big deal, let's use their virtual console to fix things manually in the shell... Problem is that the username doesn't work and none of the technicians have the faintest clue.

I opened up a ticket, let's see if they fix it.

Oracle - billion dollar company that can't get basic things right.
many tutorials out there. Google is your best teacher.
currently, I hold a wordpress based website and an openvpn service without any issues.
Also, EUSERV offers free ipv6 add vps.
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mockingbird wrote: I just spent several hours navigating through Oracle's broken system... With the free service, they by default assign you an AMD "Naples" processor with 1GB of RAM and their Oracle OS which is based off Redhat... But the ARM-based system with 6GB of RAM is also free.

So I picked that, and picked Ubuntu 22.04LTS for ARM instead (also free), but to put things quite simply, this is quite broken.

Either no one there tested the configuration or they don't care.

What I mean to say is that you can't use the system after you install it because their SSH is broken (you must assign a key when you create the 'instance' -- which is later rejected when you try to login through SSH - so that's clearly broken with the automatic installation).

Ok, no big deal, let's use their virtual console to fix things manually in the shell... Problem is that the username doesn't work and none of the technicians have the faintest clue.

I opened up a ticket, let's see if they fix it.

Oracle - billion dollar company that can't get basic things right.
btw, the user is opc
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lets say I am a wix level website maker but I want something much cheaper. How do I make a website and use one of these options?

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