As a small, one-server host, if my server goes down for any reason, my clients can't email me -- and I have no good way of letting anyone know what's up...
So the thought occurred to me to find cheap hosting for a single domain, so I could tell my customers: "If it looks like the server is down, email email@example.com
" -- in other words, have some off-server means of contact.
But then I thought to myself: Why pay for something that one might be able to get for free?
And so it occurred to me that I might not be the only one in this quandry, and that I might find some other soul here on WHT who is desirous of the same thing, and negotiate a trade.
And thus, my idea is to find someone who might be interested in swapping the following on your server for the same on my server:
- cPanel hosting for a single domain
- 1 email, 1 FTP
- 2 mailing lists (one list for customers who only want major updates, one list for customers who want lots of updates)
- NO DATABASES
- No subdomains, add-on domains, parked domains
- 25mb space, at least 250mb bandwidth
You must NOT be hosted in the iWeb datacentre in Montreal, Canada, since that's where I am - and the point is to provide redundancy, not have a redundant outage :-)
I'm also open to feedback on the idea itself...
My customers understand I'm a one-man shop... And I see this as a way to increase my support level... It's not like I have downtime very often, but it has happened before... And I think registering, say, mydomain.info looks more professional that using firstname.lastname@example.org