Hosting requirements?

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Post » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:42 pm

I'm getting ready to build my 1st website for my games. Can anybody tell me what the minimum requirements are? I have a domain name registered, but I'm not quite sure what I need out of a host to make sure that I can A) put my games up & B) make money from ads, sponsorship, sales, etc.

I read somewhere that tumblr is a good free option, but I haven't actually seen any games on it. What about using tumblr as a placeholder for my info while I look for a real host? Would I be able to just pop in, use it for a few days, & then easily transfer the name to a new site?
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Post » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:48 pm

Why not use somthing like GameJolt? Perhaps create your own website and have a link that points to Gamejolt directly.

Or if you are into donations and such you can use itch.io?
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Post » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:07 pm

Hey that's a good idea.
I'll probably need an actual website sooner or later, though...I do a lot of experiments. Is there anything I should look out for while shopping for a host for my site?
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Post » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:37 am

Message: Vallar can only post plain text URLS until they have 500 rep. 1 URLS modified. Why?
I don't know much about the subject itself.

However, I found http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424725,00.asp this. While it is an old article, you can check out the general information of how they compare things and read the comments then use that information to apply to current companies?
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Post » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:40 pm

They give 5 GB free bandwidth: http://vlexofree.com/
5 gigabytes / 2 megabytes = 2500 plays a month.
You can increase that to 25,000 plays a month if you host your game on dropbox, as I do.

Here's an example of how I do it: http://usiga.vlexofree.com/game1.php

Hostgator is a mediocre low cost web host, you could also try them.

Currently using media temple for my primary website though.
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Post » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:13 pm

@ryackov 5gb? Wow. That's pretty awful. No offense. :/ Not with competitors like 000Webhost (http://www.000webhost.com/). Used them a couple years. The only reason they took my site down was because I had botting tools for some old game up there. ;) Otherwise they had served me well as an excellent free host, and you can't beat 100GB per month bandwidth.

If you're looking for a paid host, I've never used a better service than Byethost (who I buy through their reseller https://ifastnet.com/). They provide amazing tech support, consistent up-time, and plenty for your $$$, when I went on a hosting comparison spree. They also have a free hosting plan, and helped me downgrade from VPS to just regular ol' hosting a little while back.

And last I heard they still haven't been bought out by the hellish EIG (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endurance_ ... onal_Group) who are renown for buying out hosts and turning them into money farms to support their investors rather than customers. I'm not putting that any lighter.
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:40 am

It's not that bad, not many webhosts offer PHP. Besides, I use them in conjunction with drop box, so each visit consumes only 10 kilobytes, very manageable.
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:33 am

@ryackov not many? Both Byet and 000Webhost offer PHP in addition to that large bandwidth, even x10 offers PHP with their free package.

I mean, granted, using Dropbox hosting is a great idea, but I'll still stick to my opinion that 5GB bandwidth is nothin'. I'd rather signup under one of these if I had the choice and simply not have to worry. :p
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:04 am

Noob question: what's the deal with PHP? Is it important to games?
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Post » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:17 am

DatapawWolf wrote:@ryackov not many? Both Byet and 000Webhost offer PHP in addition to that large bandwidth, even x10 offers PHP with their free package.

I mean, granted, using Dropbox hosting is a great idea, but I'll still stick to my opinion that 5GB bandwidth is nothin'. I'd rather signup under one of these if I had the choice and simply not have to worry. :p

000Webhost literally only offers PHP.

And many free webhosts tend to be dishonest, throttling you once you approach a cap.
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