I recently moved my site to a dedicated server, not so much because it needs that kind of resource but rather my shared hosting renewal was up, I wanted greater flexibility, and I was interested to see what I could get on a small budget.
I found by far the cheapest place to get a dedicated server is Kimsufi. For £5 a month I am getting:
CPU: Atom N2800
Kimsufi is part of OVH, the biggest host in Europe, and number 3 in the world. It is obviously their budget range and for the reduction in price you get a lesser product – second-hand hardware and limited support, or so I’m told – I’ve not had to use their support personally. They do however monitor your server and will be notified in the event of hardware failure.
They also provide a control panel which allows you to:
- Install OS of choice at the click of a button
- Reboot the server
- View usage stats
Another good place to look is Low End Box – they have offers on VPS and dedicated servers from a variety of providers around the world.
There are a number of free DNS hosts out there, I opted for Namecheap’s free DNS service. Whilst most registrars provide free DNS hosting for domains registered through them, Namecheap allow you to use their service for any domain, regardless of where it was purchased.
BuddyNS provide a free secondary DNS for up to 0.3 million queries per month, which is useful to have in case your main DNS service goes down.
No back up space is provided or available to purchase through Kimsufi, as is the case with a lot of budget providers.
Your best options in my opinion are DIY or cheap FTP space.
I opted to backup to my home FreeNAS server.