I'm moving all my domains over to rackspace
and will firmly establish them as my home base
. The sites include the following;
- rawsthorne.org - this is my personal site and will be used to host my personal profile and all published content and links for my Open PhD
- endeavours.com - eventually this will host the site for the massively collaborative assessment system (or some other domain name, TBD)
- bit.bc.ca - Bowen Institute of Technology, this will be the instance pointing at the blended learning / community of practice site where people can work toward of becoming a Solutions Architect / Learning Systems Architect.
Why the move away from netnation
for my hosting? For a few reasons;
- Cost. Cumulatively netnation costs me about $400 per year, I believe I will have my dedicated cloud server for about $100 per year to start.
- Features. I was building some PhP/MySQL software a while back and I ran into challenges in altering the .hosts file to support a RESTful API I was building. Even after contacting netnations technical support they couldn't help me. I ended up using rackspace, their support was awesome.
- Cloud based servers. I firmly believe in cloud based approaches and if I can host multiple sites with the ability to expand for close to $100 per year, why wouldn't I move.
Honestly, I really don't think netnation will mind that I move. I exhausted the discussion with the features I required. The features I required are to enable a RESTful API with a specific domain name. It requires some customizations to configuration files at the server level. Netnation were not willing to support the customizations I was requesting.