15 posts categorized "hosting"

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wordpress Photographer Theme (Photex) for $7.50+ (part of Name Your Price bundle offer)

Stacksocial is having a Wordpress Theme Name Your Own Bundle promotion. If you beat the average price (currently $7.48), you get all 15 Wordpress themes offered in this bundle. The first set of themes includes a photographer theme, the Photex (see live demo). To find this on the Stacksocial offer page, click on the "Read More" over there and page-down - they are sorted alphabetically. The page says this is a commercial license with no restrictions. 10% of the purchase price you pay goes to one of three charities listed there (one of them is Creative Commons - you pick which one). Check terms/conditions/comments over there for more details.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hostgator Web Hosting sale (ends Sun PM)

Hostgator is having a web hosting sale good until Sunday, July 27th at 11:59pm CST. No coupon is needed, the prices you see are what they offer. The sale is this:

+ 75% off all new Shared hosting packages with 1-6 month terms.
+ 45% off all other Shared hosting packages.
+ 50% off all VPS packages.
+ 45% off all Dedicated server packages
+ 45% off all Reseller packages

We are using Hostgator to host the Camera Reviews Stream and the good old Stock Status blogs. Keep in mind, each hosting package has limitations - depending on how you plan to use them. The more self-hosted plug-ins and self-hosted widgets you use, the more demanding it is on the servers, which means you need to get more hosting resources. Using third-party services (eg Flickr-hosted widgets) reduces the load on your hosting service.

NOTE: the sale price is for the first invoice only which in non-hosting-speak normal-speak translates to: you only get the sale price the first time you pay. So if you sign up for one month, you only get the sale price during that month. If you sign up for a three years prepaid (pay upfront) plan, you get the sale price for those three years. If you sign up for a six month plan, you get the sale price for those six months. After the promotional price ends, the prices revert to their normal pricing.

TIP: it is a good practice to have your domain at a different company than the comapny that then web hosting service. If the hosting service goes down or is under DDoS or is hacked or goes out of business, you can go to the domain company and easily point your domain to a different url until things get sorted out.

Friday, May 23, 2014

(ENDED) 50% off hosting at Hostgator (Memorial Day Weekend)

This limited time Memorial Day weekend offer expired... If you missed it, fear not, every few months, this offer returns...

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Web Hosting: one year of Dreamhost for $19 for first year

This ends soon (I think): If you need an additional web hosting plan to experiment with different photo software and Wordpress plug-ins before you launch them on your "production" blogs, Stacksocial offers one year of Dreamhost web hosting service for $19 total. This is a shared web hosting plan. The $19 price is good for the first year only. After the first twelve months, your price will be whatever is the standard price at that time. You can get a feel for the price range by looking at the available plans at their website. We are using a Dreamhost shared web hosting plan for Wordpress experimentations.

TIP: this offer includes two free domains. However, for production domains, it is good practice to keep your domain registration with a web registrar that is different from your web hosting provider. This for various reasons (flexibility, technical or other issues with hosting, changing hosting providers, etc).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One year of Dreamhost Web Hosting for $19 total (price for first year only)

If you are looking to try your hand at self-hosted Wordpress photo-blogging or need an extra web hosting account for experiments and such, StackSocial is offering One year of Dreamhost Web Hosting for $19 total. This price is good for the first year only (12 months). You pay $19 total, not $19 per month for the first year.

After the first year, if you want to continue, you can renew at the then current prices. The renewal prices depend on whether you go month to month ($9 per month) or prepay for 2/3 years in advance and get a discount. You can see their available plans at their website. The $19 for first year offer is only available through Stacksocial.

We are using Dreamhost for test blogs and Wordpress experimentation. Keep in mind this is a shared hosting service, so you can't use it to host something like Engadget or anything that is too demanding on the web servers. This promotion expires at the end of September 2013. Be sure to check the terms/restrictions/deadlines before buying.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

(ENDED) 4 hour sale: 50% off Web Hosting at HostGator with coupon

This 4-hour special expired... HostGator.com has a four hour flash sale on their web hosting packages. Use coupon code HG50 to get 50% off the current prices of their web hosting packages. The promotion is good between 2pm and 6pm Central time today 7/24/13.

We are using Hostgator for the Stock Status site and Camera Reviews stream.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

(ENDED) Hosting: 50% off at Hostgator (Monday only)

This limited time promotion ended... For Cyber Monday only, Hostgator.com (based in Houston/Austin Texas) is offering 50% off their pre-paid hosting services (up to 3-year term). The promotion will end Monday night. We are using Hostgator for the Camera Reviews stream and the Stock Status mini-site...

PS: Hostgator should not be confused with Hostmonster/BlueHost (based in Utah and very sensitive to content that may be deemed "sexual/offensive" - think Saudi Arabia caliber of "sensitivity").

Thursday, November 24, 2011

(ENDED) 50% off hosting at Hostgator (Fri only)

This 1-day special has ended! Hostgator is offering a 50% off Black Friday special on web hosting services. We are using Hostgator for the new Camera Reviews stream.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

New .com domain names for 99c w/free private registration (first year only)

If you want to grab some more .com domain names, especially if you plan to use them as backups or forward them to your main websites/galleries/blogs/portfolios, there is a new promotion at 1&1 Internet that gets you the first year of a new domain registration for just 99c with free private registration. After the first year, it will automatically renew at the current price at the time of renewal. The current price right now for renewals is $10. Their domains include free private registration which protects your personal data from data harvesters, spammers and scammers.

If you haven't used 1&1 before, please note that they use an automated and unusual billing system. Domains auto-renew on their own every year. You can't manually renew them for multiple years. Because of this, this is perhaps best suited for backup domain names - since their price is typically lower than the other major registrars. On the plus side, you don't have to do anything, they renew automatically - just make sure your credit card information is current. I am using them for shortcut urls (eg noisymall.com is registered with 1&1) and backup domain names.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Webmasters: New .com domains w/free private registration for $5 (1st year)

If you are thinking of starting a new project or want to get some more "defensive" domain names, 1&1 is having a 50% discount on brand new .com registrations. The first year is $5 instead of the current price of $10. Renewals after the first year will be at the then-current price. 1&1 domains include free private registration by default, so your personal data is protected from data harvesters, spammers and scammers. If you haven't used 1&1 before, please note that they use an automated and awkward-ish billing system. If you are coming to this from other registrars like GoDaddy you may find it strange at first. This is best suited if you want to buy domains and let them auto-renew on their own every year. The renewal prices will not be a surprise since they are the current (as of the time of renewal) regular price shown on their website (currently $10 with free private registration).

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

$5 new .com domains for 1st year (with free private registration)

If you are looking to purchase some new .com domain names, 1&1 is offering $5 specials for new .com domains. The $5 price includes the domain name registration fee along with free privacy registration - for the first year. 1&1 will also pay the ICANN fees for the first year. The $5 price is only for the first year. This special is only good for new domains, not for renewals.

After the first year, renewals are at the regular prices as of the time of renewal, which are $9 per year now, and will increase to $10 per year on July 1st, 2011 (according to the renewal email I got in mid-May 2011). Free private registration is included for free with renewals as well.

A potentially good use of this promotion is to stock up on alternate and backup domain names for your website, blog, gallery, portfolio, and photography musings. Or if you came up with any good domain names for future use or development.

If you haven't used 1&1 before, please note they have a rather unusual and awkward billing system that some people may find irritating.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

15% off Zenfolio for new subscriptions (coupon ends March-31)

Zenfolio.com has a new coupon good until March 31, 2011 that gets 15% off new subscriptions. To get the discount, enter coupon code ZenLight15. The coupon is good for new subscriptions only!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Free one-year of hosting (w/two-year contract) at 1&1 (ends August 31) [updated]

If you are interested in hosting your website or blog with 1&1, their promotion that gets you the first year of Web Hosting for FREE with a two-year minimum contract ends on July 31st August 31st (promotion extended by one month). The free first year promotion only applies to their "1&1 Home" plan only, not every plan they offer.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

10% off coupon for Zenfolio

We have a new 10% off coupon for Zenfolio.com - enter discount code Zen-10 to get a 10% off discount. This coupon expires on July 18, 2010. As of the time of writing, they have three plans with annual membership prices of $25, $50 and $100.

Friday, October 09, 2009

14-day free trial at Zenfolio

If you are the typical photographer, you probably have multiple galleries at multiple free and for-pay image-hosting services, and if you are the type who likes to try out new hosting services, and if you haven't used or tried Zenfolio yet, they do have a 14-day free trial so you can check out what they have to offer.

Please note that other than the free-trial, they don't have a free hosting option like flickr, so don't transfer your whole collection there unless you have decided to go with them.

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