No longer using Somee.com’s free web hosting, but it wasn’t so bad.

So, I signed up for a plan on m6.net that allows me to host 12 different sites for $7.75 a month.  Everything from one host? much easier for me, and a good price too.

So, Somee.com’s free service was ok, the biggest thing I didn’t like was their banner ads enforced on the top of the page.  Other than that there was uptime that constantly hovered around 92%, something I probably could’ve achieved hosting at home on a Virtual Machine server, or an old desktop.    

The other odd thing was the fact that they will shut off your site if the average of all the files in your webroot is over 150kb per file.  Add a few movies or pdfs, and yolu’re pretty much not going to stay live on their free site long.

BUT – AS ALWAYS – any free web hosting service is a great thing, and Somee.com was ok if you can live in with those 3 drawbacks.

 

The 150kb policy email:

 

"The service: website mojobudgie.somee.com,
Has been disabled for the following reason: Website's average, per 
request bandwidth have exceeded a limit that is set for the website 
hosted with a free hosting package! Although we do not limit the file 
size that can be uploaded or downloaded from your website, we set a 
limit of 150KByte on average file size that can be downloaded from the 
website hosted with free package. The average is calculated every 
several hours for all files together, including *.html, *.asp, *.aspx,  
*.jpg, *.png, *.gif, *.mpg and other text and media files. Your website 
is scheduled to start again in about 12 hours, or you can start it 
manually  from our control panel any time. But if you will not take 
actions to decrease the average file size that is sent from your website
 it will be stopped again and you are allowed to start it 5 times only. 
You can also switch to any another hosting package where such 
maintenance is not performed.! "

 

 

A sampling of the uptime graph

 

www.mojobudgie.com
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date          uptime       dns   connect   request      ttfb      ttlb

2010-10-22     98.97     0.159     0.206     0.206     3.087     3.090
2010-10-21    100.00     0.279     0.326     0.326     3.083     3.087
2010-10-20     94.95     0.104     0.333     0.333     3.442     3.443
2010-10-19     94.95     0.155     0.417     0.417     3.142     3.146
2010-10-18     95.88     0.062     0.263     0.263     3.222     3.224
2010-10-17    100.00     0.116     0.164     0.164     2.982     2.986
2010-10-16     49.48     0.155     0.202     0.202     1.675     1.677
2010-10-15     95.92     0.050     0.131     0.131     3.330     3.382
2010-10-14     94.95     0.045     0.121     0.121     3.375     3.378
2010-10-13     98.96     0.115     0.288     0.288     2.863     2.865
2010-10-12     95.92     0.111     0.279     0.279     2.780     2.784
2010-10-11     77.00     0.432     0.601     0.601     2.772     2.775
2010-10-10     95.96     0.036     0.205     0.205     3.039     3.042
2010-10-09     96.94     0.100     0.302     0.302     3.037     3.097
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minimum        49.48     0.036     0.121     0.121     1.675     1.677
maximum       100.00     0.432     0.601     0.601     3.442     3.443
average        92.13     0.137     0.274     0.274     2.988     2.998