I run a family nextcloud, a radio station and this mastodon instance on digital ocean droplets. Is linode better than DO? or about the same? Or should I just host these from home? If I do it from home I may use cloudflare zero trust. Not sure what to do, but the DO bill is getting hefty. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.


RackNerd has some great annual deals on VPSs. Their closest one is in Atlanta. They work great!



I was wondering if you could host your podcasts on them. Probably plenty of bandwidth on those plans.

@DarthRadar Yeah, that would save me some serious money. The plan I have now is unlimited storage and bandwidth, with a ton of subdomains, but i think i may be abusing some rule by serving my mp3s from hostgator. We are starting to get a lot more downloads and I may need another solution in case they ding us for it.


Do they tell you how much bandwidth you're using? The podcast mp3s can't be taking up that much space.


@DarthRadar yeah, the rss eats up a lot though, everytime a listener's player checks for new episodes, 120kb, we have a few thousand subs according to the best data I can cobble together. The thing is, the webhost I am using isn't meant for serving media, and I think hosting the files with them is technically against the TOS


Unless I'm making an embarrassing math error, 10k subscribers pulling rss every hour for a month is a little over 850 GB of bandwidth (at 120 Kb).

RackNerd's 2.5GB RAM; 50GB SSD plan for $22.5.88/year has 6TB of bandwidth per month.

@DarthRadar Right, and it doesn't look like they care what the bandwidth is, which is my main thing. Hostgator has different plans for website and media hosting. So I will probably be switching soon I have had no complaints about HG at all. I am just paying for stuff I don't need and also don't want to run afoul of the plan TOS and get shut down. I have back up options so I would only be down for a bit, but it would be nice to save some money

@DarthRadar I would need more storage than that though, I have other sites in addition to FFF and MedusPod. I am sure I can find a solution. Thanks for the links.

@DarthRadar Yeah, that is some sexy storage right there. I have been deep in storage world this week, researching NAS devices. Settled on the Asustor Lockerstor2 gen with 16gb of ram. Putting two 8tb hdds in it raid 1 and 4 500gb nvme ssds. one for shared stuff and one each for each family member. I can't wait to get all of the parts in

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