Monday, April 16, 2012

Eco Friendly Hosting $3.75/mo.

With Earth Day right around the corner, you might be wincing at the idea of paying a web host that uses electricity from a coal fired power plant to run the server that hosts your blog or website. Then, to add insult to injury, it draws more coal burning electricity to cool the server racks so the circuitry doesn’t melt down. Something just doesn’t feel right, especially if your mission involves being kind to the Earth and its residents.

Be kind to the Earth and your budget with eco-friendly web hosting...No need to compromise your values when you can get eco-friendly hosting services for under $4 a month. Why, those inconsiderate global warmers probably charge more than that!

The service you are looking for is called Dotster. It’s a company with a catchy name and a great value in domains and web hosting services. Can you believe that basic web hosting is just $3.75 a month? Would you further believe that Dotster has an entire eco-friendly agenda? Let’s take a look at their green hosting program and then see how much you can get for so little money.

The reality of business is that not every location has room for those huge windmills that generate massive amounts of power at competitive rates. But, every business can buy their power from alternative energy sources if they wish. That’s what Dotster does. They purchase enough renewable energy credits to offset 150% of the energy it takes to run their hosting services. That’s half again as much as they’d need to just to claim green hosting. Those credits come from Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) that restores watersheds, puts solar panels on schools and builds small scale solar and wind projects.

The model is that if you can’t generate or use power directly from wind or solar feeding your location, then pay to build those resources elsewhere so they can feed the grid and displace dirty generation facilities. If every business did this, we’d be awash in clean energy and be busy recycling fossil fuel generation equipment for other purposes.

Dotster goes beyond just paying for green power. They actively work to reduce the power they consume by upgrading their hosting infrastructure with high efficiency servers. That’s a double win because every kilowatt not used is a kilowatt that doesn’t need a generator at all. On top of every thing else, Dotster will plant a tree for you when you buy a hosting package. Those trees come from Trees for the Future, which as a 2012 action plan to plant over 17 million trees. Yours could be one of them!

Now, let’s see what this incredibly affordable hosting service really gives you for your $3.75 a month. First of all, you get Linux hosting, the industry standard, with 10 GB of website disk space and 300 GB of bandwidth. There are few websites, indeed, that can blow through that much storage and bandwidth for a single domain. That’s what this plan is tailored for. It’s for hosting one domain, be it a website, blog, or some combination of the two. Note that you can have unlimited subdomains if you wish to subdivide your domain into smaller units.

You also get 100 email accounts, 5 FTP logins, 10 MySQL Databases, and a SiteBuilder that lets you easily create a website with up to 15 pages using your only your web browser. Yes, the server runs PHP5 and Perl/Python, with free applications that include WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, PHPMyChat, Classifieds, Post-Nuke, TikiWiki and a bunch of others.

As of this writing, Dotster is also offering a free domain name for a year with any of the hosting plans. Look for the grey offer box on the Linux Hosting or Windows Hosting pages. Windows hosting? Yes, you can also get Windows hosting for a little more money ($4.75 a month) if that’s what you would prefer. Both Linux and Windows hosting are available with larger resources that scale to unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space if you really need that much.

Is there any reason to go with some smoke belching legacy hosting service when you can get eco-friendly webhosting that you can be proud of at such a great price? Well, what are you waiting for? Learn more and get your eco friendly hosting for $3.75 a month right now. You can lock in for 1, 2 or 3 years to know in advance how much your hosting budget will be down the road.

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