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    Looking for hosting to host my own "image host".

    Hello,

    I'm looking for hosting to create my own image host like imageshack.us... I had a look around and I'm surprised by the huge amount of both bandwidth and space some hosts offers. Taking a look at hostgator and hostmonster who both offer 600 Gigs of space and 6,000 Gigabytes of Bandwidth. That sounds awesome, but I feel insecure.

    I don't want to do the mistake and buy something that won't do good in both speed and uptime so I figured I should ask here.

    What is a good host for an image host site?

    The host must accept "image hosting" sites. It must be fast and reliable (good uptime) and preferable not very costly since I have a low budget.

    Any ideas?
    Last edited by SoftWareRevue; 01-03-2008 at 05:24 PM.

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    You probably won't be allowed to use all that storage and bandwidth.
    You might be better off starting with a VPS

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    Hostgator and hostmonster both told me just now that they don't allow image hosts.

    Image hosts are very resource intensive.

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    The hosts you found are massive oversellers. Hostgator is a good host. I use them and they've been great. But many shared hosts don't allow image hosting.

    500GB of storage, even 50GB is too much on a shared host. Try to host that and you'll be suspended for resource abuse (high server loads, crashing server, etc.)

    Try a VPS for starters, you can always go dedicated.
    I'm currently hosting with: hostgator

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    Do you have any recommendations for where? Could I get something good for 10$/month. I would probably just need 50gb space and some hundred gb in bw

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    You wont find for that budget. Period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedito View Post
    You wont find for that budget. Period.

    rapidshare...
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    For 50GB storage, the cheapest VPS (unmanaged) with 50GB storage is $30 (www.bigvps.com)

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    rapidshare...
    Yeah I have look at rapidshare, but it doesn't work as an image host like I want...

    For 50GB storage, the cheapest VPS (unmanaged) with 50GB storage is $30 (www.bigvps.com)
    Looks too unprofessional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warz View Post
    Yeah I have look at rapidshare, but it doesn't work as an image host like I want...

    Looks too unprofessional.
    lol I was joking with rapidshare....
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    http://www.cheapvps.net/

    But they do not have the space you specified. For 50 GB of storage for 10$, no way. Not going to happen for that price range
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    Proffessional *looking* or not, I've only ever read good things about them on WHT. I'm sure there's plenty of hosts with a nice website out there though.

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    I'm looking for hosting to create my own image host like imageshack.us...
    Taking advantage of huge shared hosting accounts could work to a certain degree, and only up to a point. After that point, you'll have to start facing the real costs of what you're trying to do. For example, you can expect that each GB of data transfer alone, will cost you $0.10+. If you want quality bandwidth, costs will actually increase.

    You need a solid foundation for a solid business.

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    Taking advantage of huge shared hosting accounts could work to a certain degree, and only up to a point. After that point, you'll have to start facing the real costs of what you're trying to do. For example, you can expect that each GB of data transfer alone, will cost you $0.10+. If you want quality bandwidth, costs will actually increase.

    You need a solid foundation for a solid business.
    I have the script from YABSoft which offers Multi Server Balancing, so I guess it's possible to buy more hosting accounts to spread the resources?

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    Never tried it, but http://nearlyfreespeech.net seems to be good for things like this.


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    Most hosts don't allow image hosting. Good luck.

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    10$ for 50gb space is a pretty low budget. You would need to raise your budget to atleast 20$ to find a good and reliable host.
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    I could probably raise it a bit, or lower my needs. I'm not going to run something huge, just a small image hosting site but it will have much pictures.

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    Dont rely on shared hosting, id go with a vps if i was you!

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    I will probably go with bigvps, I did some more research and it seems like a good company. Thanks

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    Most hosts don't allow anonymous upload scripts/sites. I try it on godaddy -> Account Suspended.

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