Such a relief to have my blog back, after a weekend of downtime. The university doesn’t really want to pay anyone to come reboot our department server after hours. We’re lucky to have it at all – most IT stuff is centralised and access to PHP and CGI and all that jazz is strictly guarded.
I’ve been browsing private hosting solutions, anyway. And thinking of domain names and independence. jilltxt.net seems most reasonable, don’t you think? And though Hosting Comparison lists Lunarpages as the best, Surfspeedy seems to be cheaper, give you more space and bandwidth, and has more appealing design (I’m not thrilled about the space cadets), and while reviews of web hosting services don’t seem to be a particularly objective genre (I mean, look at this review of Surfspeedy) I haven’t found anything bad about them.
I don’t suppose a private solution’s really that much more independent than using the university’s servers, but I’m sick of pleading.
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