hosting trial

So I ran across an offer from 1and1.com offering THREE YEARS FREE of webhosting. Pretty good timing in my opinion, considering my current contract with WorldWebHosters.com is set to run out in late January/early February. I’m running some tests now to how well I like it and so far, they’re getting a good 3 1/2 stars out of 5 possible. First of all, you can’t expect everything for free. Only one SQL database, which is one reason why I’m looking elsewhere in the first place. If I can add additional ones at a reasonable price, I’m all game for it. The big thing they have going though is 100 subdomains. For example, give these a try:

blog.wantmoore.net
contact.wantmoore.net
tutorials.wantmoore.net
[Note: As you can see, I’ve now registered wantmoore.net too!]

Currently, those just forward to their proper locations on wantmoore.com, but the possibilities here are endless! Before I even started my site earlier this year, that’s the sort of setup I wanted. The even bigger advantage though is that for now, I can setup the subdomains to redirect to wantmoore.com, BUT when the time comes to make the switch to their servers, it will be seamless. The content would be mirrored on the WorldWebHosters & 1and1 servers. Next I have to tell DNSCentral that I’ve changed webhosts and give them 1and1′s nameservers. Then, once the DNS entry change refreshes it’s way through the Internet, using 1and1′s nifty control panel I start pointing the subdomains to their own server. A seamless changeover! Brilliant I tell ya…. What would I do without me?!

[Right Brandon? Wouldn’t that work seamlessly like it sounds in my head? Just need to make sure before I do anything crazy…]

Ok, off to bed. More tests tomorrow. I’ve yet to actually upload any content to see how my site looks from their server. I also want to test Gallery and see if it works, as I would like to move my photo albums from the current Coppermine setup that I’m using. TATA for now!