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  • @timbo hi thanks for the advice! i’ll keep it in mind. checked out the blog you sent

  • @timbo great points, it really touched on the main concerns i’m having

  • When it comes to "cheap" you can host cloudron on a raspberry pi in your home. I would not recommend that since you expose a server running inside your home network to the internet and this always comes with a risk. Hosting at home is also not always the cheapest option, as your hardware needs to be purchased first and then run constantly what increases the electricity bill.

    As mentioned before I can recommend Netcup (contracts available for german and international customers) since they are a reliable hoster and have good price/performance ratio. On top of that they have a preconfigured Ubuntu 18.04 LTS + Cloudron image for their VPS/Root servers so you have cloudron running out of the box. Prices for VPS capable running cloudron (1 core, 2GB RAM, 20GB SSD) start at 2,69€/month so there is little room for arguing about better solutions.

    Finally it comes down to the question what you want to achieve. I started with renting a root server for 7 € / month and testing cloudrons capabilities. If you want to test it out, start with your own hardware and the free plan.

    If you plan to use cloudron as your main infrastructure (mail, website, services) in production, do not hesitate to spend some money on it. 30$ Cloudron + 10$ for a root server per month is appropriate.

  • App Dev

    These are all great replies - If you are looking for bang for buck that's reliable:

    I spend $30/USD at kimsufi for:

    • 2TB Soft-raid across 2 1TB drives
    • 100MBit/s bandwidth
    • 32 GB RAM
    • 8 core intel based CPU (I forget the model, but it's fast enough for my needs)

    Hosting a total of like 10 - 12 apps sometimes more when developing a new app. This is a dedicated server. Meaning I am not sharing my resources with anyone else like with other VPS hosting.

    Kimsufi has dedicated servers (hardware, not virtual based!) in CA and FR starting at $4.99/USD.

  • thanks you guys all so much! tremendous help. i’ve jumped on netcup & hope for the best.

  • Staff

    @lestat-gram Are you from HostNOC? If so, please drop us an mail, if you are interested in providing Cloudron as an 1-click image.

  • There's also Contabo VPS.

    Don't ever ever ever take one of the cheapest listed: they are buggy and crash.

    But the most powerful ones are doing a fine job. (I'm on the VPS L SSD and it's a smooth ride)

  • I use Hetzner Cloud VPS for my Cloudron server and I love it. I also love that they are 100% powered by renewable energy.

    The user interface is great and also only charge by the hour so it's possible to quickly and easily set-up test servers etc if you need to.

    I also have a VPS with 1984hosting where I've got a Sandstorm server running. They aren't as cheap as Hetzner nor some of the others mentioned above, but are also really great; they are big advocates of Free Software and run on 100% renewables too.

    I've started putting together a list (in a doc on my Cloudron-powered Nextcloud+ONLYOFFICE on my Hetzner VPS 🙂 ) of all the 100% renewable* VPS providers I've found so far here:

    • some (eg Fasthosts, Bitfolk) claim that they are 100% renewable but when you dig into the detail they include the burning of biofuels at power plants like Drax in the UK. I don't personally consider such energy sources to be sustainable and so don't include these in my list.

    Edit: I've just checked the links above and pleased to discover netcup are also powered by green energy so have added them to my list. Germany certainly seems to be the leader of cheap green good VPS providers!

  • Jeeze, ban the bot already. 😆

  • App Dev

    @yusf naughty boy on our hands.

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