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Old 05-14-2010, 02:31 PM   #1
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Heart Internet is discontinuing their free service

I have a very simple website hosted by Heart Internet and I get my e-mail through them also. They are going to be discontinuing their free service at the end of this month.

My computer is not on 24/7 so setting up my own server is not an option (even if I did have the necessary skills). Can anyone suggest a web and e-mail host who offers free services.

I am looking for a way that I can keep my e-mail address the same and not keep having to change it as company after company either goes bust or changes their business model.

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free services will always be discontinued. The best bet for never having to worry about it, is to pay a big company with relatively cheap options to host for you.

As for setting up your own, if you were to leave it on 24/7 and buy a UPS for minor power glitches, the skills requires are not much. The main thing would be getting a static IP from your ISP as well as forwarding port 80 to your machine from your router. That should be a simple html interface on your router.
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You could also use a dynamic dns service like dyndns or and have an auto-update script running via cron. I use and haven't had any problems hosting my own website yet.

One thing is though that I don't run a mail server and prefer to have mail addressed to my site redirected to one of my other hosts.
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Perhaps you should look at Google Apps for hosting your email and web site. And you'll get more than just that, and for free too if all you need is a couple of different email accounts to be hosted.

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As this isn't a technical or Slackware related issue, I have moved it to General. There have been a few threads in General like this so it could be worth looking at some of those as well.

Though, if self hosting isn't suitable for you, as suggested above the Google offerings or a paid (but relatively inexpensive) hosting option is likely the way forward.
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While we realise the Slackware forum is a little 'verse on its own this thread was moved to Linux General for reasons of appropriateness, exposure and all that jazz.
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To keep your email and web addresses, register a domain. Then you can choose from pretty much any provider that supports you using your own domain, and your addresses are always the same. Just don't let the domain expire!
Old 05-17-2010, 05:51 AM   #8
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Then you can choose from pretty much any provider that supports you using your own domain
I have my own domain and that is why I would like to find another web host provider. Any suggestions? With the caveat that they must be free.



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