I'm curious to see where other designers host their personal sites. Do you use tumblr, GitHub, a hosting service, some other platform? What do you use?
You should have a look on Digital Ocean(https://www.digitalocean.com/). I host my web site on it, together with cloudflare.com free CDN.
One Digital ocean VPS is only $5. So I get to play around with quite lot of stuff on it.
+1 for Digital Ocean, I'm in the process of transferring all my sites from a Heart Internet VPS to Digital Ocean, I use Rackspace CDN instead of Cloudflare, but will have a look at their now :)
Another +1 for Digital Ocean.
I moved everything to Digital Ocean this year. It's the best VPS you can find around, with the best prices. If you like, use this link to signup: https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=2d6188606ec4
Big thumbs up at the folks at DigitalOcean. Support is extremely snappy, and they give out lots of credit and free stickers :)
I host my site in http://www.namecheap.com/, and all my domains as well.
That's where mine is right now as well. I think I pay like $5 a month. I've got two domains hosted on it at the moment and it's starting to slow down... Probably should only do one.
Dreamhost has been the best experience for me. $8/mo, cheap domains, too.
Dreamhost was absolutely terribly for me. You have to pay extra just to be able to get ahold of their customer service. Terrible downtime, server moves with almost no notice, I couldn't get away fast enough.
Same here. I hosted a couple of client sites on Dreamhost and after several email server issues they're demanding that I put them on their old crappy Time Warner/Road Runner hosting because it was clearly more reliable than Dreamhost.
I'm a big fan of http://1and1.com. I've been with them for about 10 years and have been really satisfied.
What's essentially just a business card is hosted on Amazon S3. Dirt cheap since my page is just a tiny static website.
I use a hosting service. http://one.com/ it's probably the cheapest, best and most professional hosting company I've found. (European hosts)
About 33 dollars per year.
My site, http://minnixio.com is hosted on Heroku.
are you paying for a web worker or are you still on the free one?
Fatcow. Cheap, Reliable, ok speeds, Great Support, and 100% greenpowered
I'm on eleven2 http://www.eleven2.com/2296.html
It's cheap when you compare all the specs to other hosts, the support is great, and I have no downtimes :D
I'm a huge fan of http://littlenimbus.com. They have excellend hosting and its very very cheap. $.99 a month for basic hosting.
I host all of my domains on Mediatemple using the (gs) service. Great support and easy to use. I also use Heroku for free for my ruby apps.
We use AWS + S3 (and some other things like Route53...) for our own products and client's websites / applications.
http://www.mediatemple.com - handles everything you need.
Is a bit more pricey than most mentioned here, but is exceptionally stable and customer service is incredible.
For smaller (non dynamic) sites, github + s3 + cdn are a great combo
I use Site5 (http://site5.com). They market themselves as web hosting for web designers and developers. Their support is top notch and speedy. I've used them for years and any issue that I've ever had has always been resolved expeditiously. I pay $135/year for unlimited bandwidth, storage, email addresses, and I can host an unlimited amount of domains.
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Personal: BlueHost Business: MediaTemple - Level 4 DV I have for free for life (won a contest) Domains: Name.com
I used to have Rackspace Cloud, but I cancelled it and now I use GitHub Pages. All of my sites are static content, so it was by far the cheapest option at $7/mo.
If you're going static, github pages is a solid option. It's entirely free and works quite nicely. As a related shameless plug, if you use http://roots.cx, you can run a single command to deploy directly to github pages.
Personally, I use a single $5 digital ocean box, I can host like 30 sites on there so I'm paying pennies for each. That does come with the overhead of needing some sysops skills to configure though, so not for everyone.
Domain via namecheap, and hosting from InMotionHosting.
I use http://one.me/enatuutr. Really pleased with the price & service!
Tumblr for the blog, GitHub for anything else. Dealing with huge bursts of traffic is a bit of a pain with other services — with Tumblr and GitHub they handle it for you, and best of all it's free. I highly recommend using GitHub's pages if it's a static site.
Edit: Also S3 for any assets that are large and need to be downloaded (GitHub 500's for stuff like that).
I have a VPS with http://swbroadband.co.uk
Best host I've ever been with.
I have a VPS from http://ramnode.com/, $2/mo and absolute freedom.
I've been using Dreamhost for many years running multiple sites from my account, but I've found lately their uptime has been terrible. They've had hardware issues and not communicated to clients effectively or made much effort to resolve the effort or rebate me for the downtime (which has been nearly 2 weeks). I'm reading the comments because I'm likely to switch to another host.
I'm in the same boat. I joined using their 2 years for $99 promotion a few years back. I didn't have much of a reason to leave after the two years was up, but lately I've been exploring other avenues due to their frequent downtime.
My guess is they're taking on more sites than they can handle. Unlimited everything can only go so far.
MediaTemple, with the Grid. Great for personal projects and clients who need some quick hosting setting up. I think they offer 100 domain names and it's £20 p/m.
GitHub. If you’re interested how, I wrote a tut: http://sicanstudios.com/post/guide-hosting-website-dropbox-github/
I host my stuff at Dreamhost for about 7 years now and it is perfect. Unlimited everything!