Running FreeBSD for my personal website: collocation, cloud, etc.

Kevin Kinsey kdk at
Sun Dec 29 00:21:35 UTC 2013

On Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 06:22:47PM -0800, Chris Stankevitz wrote:
> Hi,
> I've used linux for years but the BSD Now podcast has me fired up
> about BSD.  I'm thinking of resurrecting my domain name web and mail
> servers with FreeBSD.
> Can you recommend a place/procedure by which I can easily (and
> cheaply) get up and running with a "publicly accessible" FreeBSD
> machine connected to the internet on which I can run a web and mail
> server?  Maybe I'll hookup a VPN for use when I am on a public
> connection (e.g. starbucks).
> The server will be under essentially no load.
> The way I see it I have these options:
> 1. Buy and run machines from home and figure out a scheme to deal with
> my dynamic ip address
> 2. Co-location (which I've never done but I think I understand the concept)
> 3. Cloud (which I don't understand)

I have a VM at for my own personal use and we recently
started using them for @work as well.  For personal use I have their
low-end package which does plenty for me, including hosting my vanity
sites, one business site (non e-commerce), mail for a few domains,
some DNS, etc.  Zero load for the most part, excellent support from
RootBSD, and I think it's less than 20 bucks/month.

My $.02,

Kevin Kinsey
> Thanks for your help,
> Chris
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